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Subject AW: How to stop ant execution if one target fails
Date Mon, 06 Oct 2008 04:48:01 GMT
A build fails, if a BuildException occurs during task execution.
This is the case on some tasks when they "find" some mistakes like <javac> and invalid
java source.
An other example is <junit> with failing tests, but here you can specify whether the
build should fail or failing test should just be reporting using <junit haltonfailure|haltonerror>.
With <fail> you can directly throw a BE and the build will halt.

I am not sure, but I think you can "overwrite" this behaviour using -k(eep-going).
	ant -h
	ant [options] [target [target2 [target3] ...]]
	  -keep-going, -k        execute all targets that do not depend
	                         on failed target(s)
Here Ant would report the failing tasks/targets and try the next target which dont rely on
a prior successful target.

It is not unusual to keep the failure-status in a property and react on that.
	<target name="test" depends="compile">
		<junit failureproperty="junit.failed"
	<target name="checkstyle">
		<cs:checkstyle failOnViolation="false" failureProperty="checkstyle.failed"
	<target name="pmd">
		<pmd:pmd failuresPropertyName="pmd.failed"
	<target name="findbugs">
		<fb:findbugs errorProperty="findbugs.failed"
	<target name="metrics" depends="-checkmetrics" unless="metrics.failed">
		<echo>All metrics passed</echo>
	<target name="-checkmetrics" depends="test,checkstyle,pmd,findbugs">
		<condition property="metrics.failed"><or>
			<isset property="junit.failed"/>
			<isset property="pmd.failed"/>
			<isset property="findbugs.failed"/>
			<isset property="checkstyle.failed"/>


> -----Urspr√ľngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: John5342 [] 
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 2. Oktober 2008 21:39
> An: Ant Users List
> Betreff: Re: How to stop ant execution if one target fails
> If the names of the targets are indeed what they do then most 
> of them should
> probably always be done in a particular order in which case 
> make each one
> depend on the next similar to the following.
> <target name="jar" depends="build" ....>
> ....
> </target>
> Then if you were to run "ant jar" then build will be automatically run
> before jar and if build fails then jar will not be run. You 
> should be able
> to do this for most of your targets and then all required targets will
> always be automatically run and you only call the target you 
> actually need.
> Hope that helps you.
> John.
> 2008/10/2 Dean Del Ponte <>
> > I'm using ant to build my project.  When running ant from 
> the command line,
> > I'm passing in multiple targets.  For example:
> >
> >     ant -verbose clean build jar findbugs pmd
> >
> > Ant will execute the targets clean, build, jar, findbugs, 
> and pmd in that
> > order.
> >
> > My problem is that if one of the targets fail, ant 
> continues with the next
> > target.  I would like it to stop execution if one fails.
> >
> > For example, if the "jar" target fails, ant should not call 
> the findbugs
> > and pmd targets.
> >
> > Any help is appreciated.
> >
> > Dean Del Ponte
> > Software Consultant, Cornerstone Consulting, Inc.
> >
> > Our Experts. Your Edge
> >
> >

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