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From "Antoine Levy-Lambert" <>
Subject Re: import functionality in 1.6?
Date Mon, 02 Jun 2003 19:42:14 GMT
Dear Tim,

A flavor of the import task is already available in ant 1.6alpha.
There is no documentation available <AFAIK/>
A brief look at the code (authors Costin Manolache and Dominique Devienne)
shows that the task only has one attribute :
<import file="full_path_to_your_xml_file"/>
for some reason, the task does not support the usual relative paths
(relative to project directory) available in ant.
It would be good actually if you download ant 1.6alpha and try the task.
There will be some new, not yet developed functionality in ant 1.6 final,
but I do not expect tasks that have been added since 1.5.3 to be removed
between the current 1.6alpha and 1.6 final. (I hope the other ant committers
are not going to contradict me). There is no binding timeframe for 1.6final,
and Conor McNeill mentioned August 2003 as a possibility.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Gordon" <>
To: "Ant Users List" <>
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 6:32 PM
Subject: import functionality in 1.6?

> Hello
> I've heard that there will be some kind of import functionality available
> ANT 1.6. Can anyone give me some kind of indication of what will be on
> and what kind of limitations it will have? I have to make a judgement call
> concerning the impact on development time the current constraints of ANT
> will have - it's all to do with honouring implied dependencies between
> projects.
> The biggest problem we have with ANT is the lack of ability to express
> 'depends'-style dependency expressed at the task level on a task that's
> defined in another build.xml - this severely limits how far we can
> our build system. The only way I can see to do this sort of dependency
> expression at the moment is with entities defined in DTDs, which while
> workable isn't really what we're after as doesn't seem to be in the spirit
> of ANT.
> Tim Gordon
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