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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: Doing Ant builds
Date Tue, 16 Jun 2009 15:47:55 GMT
Michael Ludwig wrote:
> Steve Loughran schrieb am 15.06.2009 um 12:40:59 (+0100):
>> Michael Ludwig wrote:
>>> Steve Loughran schrieb am 12.06.2009 um 11:49:48 (+0100):
>>>> we do strive to be more declarative than fully procedural languages,
>>>> we don't have loops and so lack full turing-equivalence. There are
>>>> also limits to what you can do in java
>>> I think I can take this to mean "in Ant extensions (written in
>>> Java)". So what are these limits?
>> getting at file permissions is one big problem; no easy way to
>> read/write the unix permissions. <tar> and <untar> lose stuff,
>> as does <copy>.
> Okay, so you were talking about Java limitations in general, not Java
> limitations within the context of an Ant extension?


> What you're saying about permissions reminds me of my initial post to
> this list after discovering that the <delete/> task on Windows will
> recursively and unconditionally remove directories - even when they're
> write-protected.

I suspect permissions in Windows are not what you think they are; that 
write protect probably stops you adding stuff inside a directory, not 
deleting it from above.

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