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From "Joshua Wunder" <>
Subject RE: Calling a String
Date Sun, 29 Jul 2007 11:51:25 GMT

I was wondering if this message was posted - I never got a response


-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Wunder 
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 13:12
To: 'Ant Users List'
Subject: RE: Calling a String

Sorry it took so long to respond

Found something that looks good in antxtras - <strings>

I'm just having a problem

I'd like to print the <reference> to a file.  I see that I can do that
with <printenv>, but for some reason it also attaches the two # lines
and josh.test=.  All I want is the a,b,c,d.

 [printenv] #
 [printenv] #Wed Jul 25 13:08:49 IDT 2007
 [printenv] josh.test=a,b,c,d

I see that there is a way to manipulate printers with the <printer>
task, but I don't follow at all what to do.  [Do I need to know java to
use this task?]

Also, <printenv> does not support printing using a specific printer.
Only <print> does that, but print doesn't have the option to write to a
file, as far as I can tell.

I'd very much appreciate any help.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ditrick, Gregory [] 
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 18:02
To: Ant Users List
Cc: Shalom Deitch
Subject: RE: Calling a String

It looks like you need to look into antcontrib.

The tasks propertycopy, propertyregex and propertyselector.

I may be wrong about what you are trying to do, but I have found that
ant with antcontrib and antXtra is the way to go.  It makes ant more of
a shell language with more logical controls.

Hope this helps, if you are not using them already. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Wunder [] 
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 9:46 AM
To: Ant Users List
Cc: Shalom Deitch
Subject: Calling a String

Hello All!!


First time writing to the list.  I'm working for a Software Design
company that works primarily in JAVA.  I work in the Production
department, and started using ANT a month or two ago to automate our


So - I am stuck on something


I would like to create a documentation of my processes thru a CSV file.


The way my ANT works, I use a loop to process each file individually,
and the various details about the file [name, path, datemodified, action
performed with the file, etc] are echoed to a file with comma delimiters
to allow for filtering and sorting in Excel.


Here's my problem, I currently echo a full string of variables for each
file in each area I process files in different ways.  The problem with
this is that if I want to make a change, I need to change the string of
variables in every location I create this log.  I'd like to be able to
have some form of reference to a string that I can call in various
places, but only need to change in one.


Making a property with other properties doesn't work because properties
sets the value with the ${} and doesn't allow for them to be replaced.


I'd appreciate if anyone has any ideas.


I hope that my description is clear.  If not, please ask away ...







Joshua Wunder
Production Engineer
Cerylion Israel
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Moshav Aminadav

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