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From Martin Gainty <>
Subject RE: How to override targets specified in import file
Date Mon, 21 Sep 2009 20:22:44 GMT

weblogic does that does that for each ear in the build e.g.










APP-INF is for external utility classes which are compiled once and then copied to each ear
Martin Gainty 
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> Subject: How to override targets specified in import file
> Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:58:21 -0700
> From:
> To:
> I imagine by now I'm the umpteenth person to ask about something like
> this, but the search patterns to find this don't seem to be that simple.
> I'm working on a small project inside a large EAR.  The small project
> imports the main project build file, which defines the important
> "create-ear" target.
> I have a need to modify this so the main "create-ear" target calls a
> "stub" target that can be overridden in sub-projects to do additional
> work in the EAR construction.  If the sub-project doesn't need to do any
> additional work, it wouldn't define the target, so only the empty stub
> would execute.
> In my case, at least my sub-project has to create an APP-INF/lib
> directory (if it doesn't exist), and copy certain jars from the
> sub-project into that created directory.
> I suppose I could instead make the "stub" instead do real work and
> assume that the sub-project has defined a "app-inf-jars" property (for
> instance) and create the APP-INF/lib directory and copy in the paths
> specified in that property, and do nothing if that property isn't set.
> I'm not sure which is more reasonable.
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