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From "Rhino" <>
Subject Re: Feature Requests for Ant?
Date Sat, 16 Oct 2004 12:29:08 GMT
Thanks for the info, Dale!

I'll use Bugzilla to make my requests. Of course, my requests are pretty
obvious ones: it seems to me that someone must have made these same requests
in the past. The fact that they haven't been implemented suggests that they
are either very difficult or the developer(s) haven't got the time to do

Still, it's worth a shot....


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dale Anson" <>
To: "Ant Users List" <>
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2004 1:19 AM
Subject: Re: Feature Requests for Ant?

> The best way is to submit a feature request through Ant's bugzilla.  There
> is a link on the front page of the Ant site.  Then follow up on the Ant
> developer list, and if you bug people enough, it'll get done.  You'll get
> a quicker response if you can attach a patch to the enhancement request
> that fixes the problem, and an added benefit of attaching a patch is that
> you can use it right away.
> HTH,
> Dale
> > Can anyone tell me how to make feature requests for Ant tasks?
> >
> > I've been using the optional <ftp> task for the last couple of hours and
> > have two requests, one minor and one major. Unfortunately, I haven't
> > able to find anything in the Ant Manual describing how to ask for new
> > features in optional tasks. If someone can fill me in on the appropriate
> > channels, I'd appreciate it.
> >
> > In case anyone is wondering, the minor request is for the 'mkdir' action
> > to produce some kind of output to acknowledge that it has created the
> > directory. Even with -verbose on, I get nothing in the build output that
> > says a directory has been created. Just one line like this would be
> > [ftp] creating directory foo
> >
> > The major request is that they find some way to share the same
> > amongst several subsequent <ftp> tasks. As it is, I have one task to
> > delete all existing files beneath a given directory, another task to
> > delete the (now empty) subdirectories beneath that same directory, five
> > separate tasks to create five new subdirectories, and five tasks to
> > populate each of those new subdirectories. Each of those tasks needs to
> > connect and disconnect which adds substantially to the elapsed time for
> > these tasks. If these tasks shared the same connection, it would save a
> > lot of time.
> >
> > Rhino
> > ---
> > rhino1 AT sympatico DOT ca
> > "There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to
> > it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way
> > is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies." -
> > C.A.R. Hoare
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