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From Jeffrey E Care <>
Subject Re: Compiling against a shared code area
Date Sun, 02 Jan 2005 19:56:19 GMT
To the best of my knowledge Ant does not support VPATHs.

Jeffrey E. Care (
WebSphere Build SWAT Team Lead
WebSphere Build Tooling Lead (Project Mantis)

"McIntosh, Stephen" <> wrote on 12/30/2004 04:31:00 

> Hello.  I'm not quite a newbie user of Ant, but I'm not an expert 
> I'm hoping there's a solution to my problem:
> I would like to have Ant compile a set of java files against two 
> source directories, one "local" and one "shared".
> This can easily be done like this:
> <javac   srcdir = "${local}:${shared}"
>    destdir="${dest}">
> </javac>
> except that this solution assumes that the local and shared directories 
> not have any overlapping files.
> In my situation, there necessarily will be a lot of overlapping files.
> The above method leads to a "duplicate class" error.
> Is there a way for me to make Ant take source files from the shared area
> unless they exist in the local area, and then take them from the local 
> instead?
> Thanks, 
>   Steve

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