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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: Copy-Task
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2006 09:42:47 GMT
Stephen McConnell wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Steve Loughran [] 
>> Sent: Thursday, 2 February 2006 2:25 AM
>> To: Ant Users List
>> Subject: Re: Copy-Task
>> Stephen McConnell wrote:
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Steve Loughran []
>>>> -you can use the <different> selector to do byte for byte 
>> comparisons 
>>>> of files. But that pulls all the remote data down and can clog a 
>>>> network
>>> Would an MD5 comparison be sufficient?
>> you probably don't even need a hash that strong. But you do 
>> need to cache the hash somewhere, because if you have to 
>> calculate it on demand, then you have just done the data copy 
>> that you wanted to avoid...
> I'm assuming that there is a MD5 on the server (or at least an MD5 could be
> placed on the server with the artifact) and that you would download the MD5
> and compare that with a locally generated MD5 (avoiding any artifact
> download).

Exactly. Though what you really want is a file system that can work out 
the hashes for you. Which I think things like WebDav can do; you do a 
HEAD with the etag property and the server should let you know if it has 

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