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From "Rhino" <>
Subject Intermittent problem with input task
Date Wed, 21 Dec 2005 18:00:13 GMT
I've been having an intermittent problem with the 'input' task for the past 
several days. I'm baffled by what causes it and would like to know if anyone 
else has seen this or knows of a solution/workaround to keep it from 

I'm using Ant 1.6.5 in Eclipse 3.1.1 and my problem is simple: my 'input' 
task _occasionally_ fails to bring up the input dialog. Even with -verbose 
and -debug in my startup parameters, the Ant output simply shows the name of 
the target that contains the input task with no other output, like so:

The build doesn't seem to succeed _or_ fail; there is nothing after the 
'getserver:' line. However, the build seems to have ended because I can 
launch it again without a problem.

I was getting this problem very persistently a few days ago, then it went 
away suddenly. Now it is back. I can't think of anything I have done in my 
build script or my environment to cause my 'input' task to work or fail 
intermittently; the target is itself has been working unchanged for a couple 
of years until this problem started the other day. Here is the target:

<target name="getserver" description="Determine which server is the target">
 <input message="Which server should receive the files? 1. Silo   2. Bongo"
 <condition property="servername" value="Silo">
  <equals arg1="${server.choice}" arg2="1"/>
 <condition property="servername" value="Bongo">
  <equals arg1="${server.choice}" arg2="2"/>

Can anyone help me figure out how to get the 'input' task working _all_ of 
the time? This is really messing me up. I have several input tasks to prompt 
for input that should not be hard-coded in the script for security reasons.


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