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From David Weintraub <>
Subject Re: Filesets
Date Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:13:04 GMT
On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 9:55 AM, Ziggy <> wrote:
> In all your examples you refered to "files" but not directories. Did you
> mean files and directories?

Filesets select files and not directories. If you want to select
directories, you use "dirset".

> could you check the examples below and let me know if i got it right
>>exclude name="**/pages"/>
>>Takes all files from any subdir called "pages" but no subdir of pages

You want "<exclude name="**/pages/*">

This will only select the files directly under the pages directory,
but not files that are located in subdirectories under pages. The "**"
is a wildcard match for files in the directory tree while the "*" is a
wildcard match just for the files in that directory.

Again: <fileset> selects files and not directories. If you must match
on directories, you need to use <dirset>. 90% of the time, you use
<fileset> because you're interested in the files and not the


<include name="**/pages/**">
Will match

* a/b/c/pages/1.txt
* a/b/c/pages/2.txt
* a/b/c/pages/d/1.txt
* a/b/c/pages/d/e/f/g/h/2.txt

But, it won't match:

* a/b/c/pages/
* a/b/c/pages/d/
* a/b/c/pages/d/e/f/
* a/b/c/pages/d/e/f/g/h/

because those are DIRECTORIES.


<include name="**/pages/*"/>

Will match

* a/b/c/pages/1.txt
* a/b/c/pages/2.txt

But it won't match:

* a/b/c/pages/d/1.txt
* a/b/c/pages/d/e/f/g/h/2.txt

David Weintraub

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