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From Stephen Nesbitt <>
Subject Ant 1.6.5, scriptdef and antlib?
Date Wed, 27 Dec 2006 23:10:53 GMT

I'm trying to figure out if something is possible or if I am just being 

I have written a couple of tasks using jython and scriptdef. Becuase they 
are jython and white case is significant, the jython scripts are in files 
referenced by the src attribute rather than included in the scripdef 

I could make these available to builds that need them by using the import 
mechanism. However it seems to me to be more elegant to use the antlib 

However I can't figure out how to use the antlib mechanism with a 
scriptdef element (or even if it is possible under 1.6.5). Does the 
antlib.xml need to be in a jar? or can they live in an exploded 
directory? How do I inform Ant where the implementing scripts live?

I have tried this by creating an jar having only a single antlib.xml. And 
I can even get the build file to recognize it. But I am also seeing funny 
results. For instance a single "print attributes" statment is invoked 
twice with the attributes collection correct in the first invocation and 
empty in the second.

Am I barking up the wrong tree here? What would be the best way to 
distribute these scriptdef tasks?



Stephen Nesbitt
CM Architect/Lead
The Cobalt Group

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