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From Dominique Devienne <>
Subject Re: Delete task should be failing for UNC path that does not exist
Date Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:02:54 GMT
On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:28 AM, Dave <> wrote:
> The following reduced test case shows the problem. I've tested this with Ant
> 1.7.1 and JDK 1.4.2_19
> =======================
> <project name="delete-UNC-test">
>    <property name="out.parent.dir"
> value="\\my-unc-path-that-does-not-exist\tmp"/>
>    <delete dir="${out.parent.dir}" verbose="true"/>
> </project>
> =======================
> Can anyone help me with this?

UNC paths are so troublesome...

You could try with <property location=""> instead of using the value attribute.
If that doesn't work, you could force the script user(s) to map it to
a drive letter.
If that doesn't work, resort to <exec> using the DOS "cmd" shell as
executable and using a DOS command to delete the dir (if you use
absolute UNC paths, you're likely Windows only, no? If not, the os
attribute of Exec can restrict the <exec> for a specific OS like


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