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From Jeremy Hanna <>
Subject Misleading error message from tar task
Date Sat, 05 Jul 2008 19:57:19 GMT
I was just wondering why the tar task has a kind of misleading error  
message and how I would fix it or report it to be fixed.

Apparently, if the tar task cannot find any files to include in the  
destination, it just reports that there is nothing to do, that the tar  
file is up to date.

A previous thread talked about this in ant 1.3 here:

I found the same thing happens in ant 1.7.

What would need to happen to change that from the generic message  
which is probably a default message to something more appropriate like  
WARNING: no input files found, blah.tar.gz not created.  I would think  
throwing an error would throw some people's existing ant targets off,  
but a more accurate warning might be nice for debugging problems like  


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