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From Barry White <bwh...@fotango.com>
Subject Re: can ant solve this rather complex challenge
Date Tue, 23 Aug 2005 23:33:35 GMT
Have you looked at writing cutom ant tasks? It maye help to handle some 
of the messier details.

Barry

Scott Bell wrote:
> 
> 
> Problem statement:
> 
> I have a number of simple tcl scripts, and they take a set number of 
> params as input (argv). Usually 1-10 params.  They can all run 
> standalone, but have dependencies. ANT is therefore perfect for them.
> 
> I have the params that I send to the scripts as named value pairs in a 
> set of property files. We clone the property files for each objects we 
> want created.
> 
> For example
> 
> hostobject1.properties
> hostobject2.properties
> 
> we would send to hostobject.tcl twice to create two objects.
> 
> Ok, so far...but, its not a good way to run a deployment, run a script 
> twice manually.
> 
> But it gets more complicated. There are about 10 difference scripts and 
> with each script, we  often need to create many objects, each with its 
> own properties.
> 
> So here is the solution (question is, can ANT make it possible):
> 
> We want to run each one of the scripts,  once for every property file 
> that EXISTS, and we want to use ant to drive the whole thing.
> 
> So, if there is a hostobject5..properties file..in a directory, ant 
> knows it needs to run the script for it to create the object.
> 
> So ant goes and
> 1. finds the properties files
> 2. understands from the name of the property file what task to execute 
> and pass it to
> 3. iterates over all files, calls the correct task once for each 
> property file it has
> 
> Even better, we can put cloned property files into directories to keep 
> everything neat and tidy.
> 
> How do we do this?  Can ANT make it work? or do I need a shell script.
> 
> There are filesets, macrodefs..etc.
> 
> We use 1.5 of ant, but..can upgrade to 1.6, if required. 1.5 solution 
> preferred.
> 
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