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From David Weintraub <>
Subject Re: Accessing "components" of fileset refid?
Date Thu, 02 Jul 2009 15:01:19 GMT
You can always take a reference to filelists and turn them into a property:

<property name="my_files.prop" refid="my_files"/>
<echo message="List of my_files: ${my_files.prop}"/>

This will put the names of all files in the fileset into that
property. Is that what you're looking for?

On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 4:45 PM, Cyril Sagan<> wrote:
> *SUMMARY:  Is there any Ant interface to the "components" of a fileset
> reference?*
> Consider this Ant snippet:
>   <fileset id="my_files" dir="${top_dir}">
>       <include name="${include_stuff_1}" />
>       <include name="${include_stuff_2}" />
>       <include name="${include_stuff_3}" />
>       <exclude name="${exclude_pattern}" />
>   </fileset>
> The "my_files" reference should encompass all the state of the fileset to
> which it refers.  As such, I should be able to get properties of the
> fileset.  Possibly like this:  ${refid:my_files.dir}
> Does such an interface exist?
> And yes, I do have a reason for wanting this support.  Our build system
> provides a general infrastructure which all projects share, by <import/>'ing
> a common Ant library.  In one case a fileset is assembled in the common
> layer and "returned" to a users's build.xml through a known fileset
> reference.  Ideally, the fileset reference would be the only interface
> between the "user" and "common" layers.  But, unfortunately, some operations
> which want to use the fileset refid must also know the fileset base
> directory, which I think, should be available since it is an attribute of
> the fileset.
> I'd appreciate comments from the Ant experts.
> Thanks.
> --Cyril

David Weintraub

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