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From Glen Mazza <>
Subject Re: Have an Ant script run even with missing JARs?
Date Tue, 28 Feb 2006 14:12:00 GMT
James Abley wrote:

> What scope are you doing the taskdefs for the Tomcat ANT tasks?

I guess "global" -- the <taskdef/>s are immediate children of the 
<project/> root.  But I was unaware of the concept of scope in Ant -- 
where is it defined in the manual[1]--I can read up on this, or if 
someone can give me a quick example of what to do here, it would be 



> On Tue, 2006-02-28 at 13:55, Glen Mazza wrote:
>>I have an Ant build script for dynamic deployment of a web application 
>>to Tomcat.  This requires a special Tomcat JARs to be added to the Ant 
>>lib directory to run.  No problem here--Ant runs fine once I add the jar.
>>But I have small additional target unrelated to deployment I would like 
>>my tech writer (she knows how to use Ant) to use to do some 
>>testing/modification of a stylesheet.  When I gave her the buildfile, 
>>Ant refused to run the target because it could not find the Tomcat JARs 
>>mentioned above--even though these JARs are not used in this particular 
>>Of the two immediate solutions--quickly dump the Tomcat JAR in her 
>>Ant/lib directory, or just comment out the deployment task in her 
>>version of the file, I did the latter--and everything works fine.
>>But question--do I have a third option--is there an option I can set to 
>>have Ant run even if it is missing some optional JARS, *if* those JARs 
>>are unneeded by the specific target being run?
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