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From "Antoine Levy-Lambert" <>
Subject Re: Deed need for preprocessing
Date Fri, 25 Aug 2006 14:30:58 GMT

before you go the generation route, should you not first try to create a common build file
which your different build files would import and which would contain some common targets
and some macro definitions ?

If you absolutely have to do generation, XSLT is a possibility. I have also seen velocity
used to generate ant build files, it works and is kind of neat. I do not know webmacro nor


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Datum: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 06:18:47 -0700 (PDT)
Von: Hessu X <>
Betreff: Deed need for preprocessing

> Hello,
>   I am using ant to keep my projects in sensible order. It also gives me
> possibility efficient run of process by parallel tasks.
>   I am not building, just massaging builds to amount of different
> packages.
>   And I am not doing java.
>   I am looking something to shrink dozens of my partly hardcoded ant xml
> files for reasonable manner. I 'm very close to get in the situation of
> maintenance chaos (same data in several places etc). 
>   I thought something like preprocessor: it should take a project file and
> generate ant build file so I could feed it to ant with generated
> properties.
>   I have several options on checking :
>   * webmacro-2.0
>   * velocity
>   * xmlpreprocess
>   Any comments on these?!
>   More ideas?
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