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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: Building Dependent targets
Date Thu, 24 May 2007 12:52:16 GMT
query wrote:
> Earlier I was using some other build tool to build my project. Here if a target is built
and if the same target is used to build some other target, it compares the timestamp and will
not build the dependent targets again.

Ant doesnt compare the timestamps on targets, but it looks at the 
timestamp of artifacts consumed and created by tasks. e.g  <javac> does 
work only if there is java source to compile, but the <javac> task is 
called on every build.

> As I started working on ANT, I found it very useful and intersting. 

But in ANT, while building each target, it will try to build all the 
dependent targets that many times as it occurs in different targets.

As a result it is increasing project\'s build time.Is there any task to 
ensure that the dependent targets once built will not&nbsp; be built 
again ????

Every target in a build file should run once. if the same targets run 
again and again in a single build, your are using <ant> when you dont 
need to. Every task in a target should do its own dependency rules, 
though some <javadoc> dont. You can use <uptodate> to determine if 
targets need skipping

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