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From Martin Porter <>
Subject RE: Pattern Matching
Date Wed, 26 Mar 2003 15:38:17 GMT

I tried that. I have tried just about every combination i can think of
without success which is why I am sure its the '.' thats causing it
a it works fine for the '_tmp' version. I cant add a slash at the
end as i have a number of different .notdelete directories
with different postfixes '.wlnotdelete_<servername>' where
there servername could be one of 6 or seven names. I dont want to hard code
them all specifically.

I also tried to use the following to delete them and that does not work

   <fileset defaultexcludes="no" dir="${target_dir}" includes="**.wl**"/>
   <fileset defaultexcludes="no" dir="${target_dir}" includes="*.wl**"/>
   <fileset defaultexcludes="no" dir="${target_dir}" includes=".wl**"/>
   <fileset defaultexcludes="no" dir="${target_dir}" includes="/.wl**"/>

-----Original Message-----
From: Dominique Devienne []
Sent: 26 March 2003 16:25
To: 'Ant Users List'
Subject: RE: Pattern Matching

How about:

<copy todir="${source_dir}">
    <fileset defaultexcludes="no" dir="${target_dir}">
       <exclude name="**/.wlnotdelete/**" />
       <exclude name="**/_tmp_war/**" />

Does it work? I don't see why directories starting with a dot wouldn't be
matched correctly. How do you know it's because of the dot? --DD

-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Porter [] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 9:18 AM
Subject: Pattern Matching

I am trying to use a fileset to copy some directories & files to a new
target location as follows:-

<copy todir="${source_dir}">
    <fileset defaultexcludes="no" dir="${target_dir}">
       <exclude name="**/.wlnotdelete**"/>
       <exclude name="**/_tmp_war**"/>

This is working as expected and removing all instances of *_tmp_war
directories in the process
but still leaves all the '.wlnotdelete' directories. I know its because of
the '.' character at the start
of the directory name but I cant find any way of making it work. It must be
a regular expression
matching pattern but I cant find an example of how to do it....anyone got
any bright ideas or pointers
to any docs that might tell me.


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