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From Shawn Castrianni <>
Subject RE: delete task question
Date Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:47:46 GMT
My code is:

      <delete includeemptydirs="true">
         <fileset dir="dependencies">
            <exclude name="src/**"/>

In this example, I do NOT have a "src" subdirectory so the exclude should do nothing.  The
first time I run it, everything is deleted UNDER dependencies except for a few empty directories.
 If I run a second time, then some more of those empty directories are deleted.  If I continue
to run it again and again, eventually all empty directories are deleted including the dependencies
top level directory itself.

How do I get everything to delete the first time?

Shawn Castrianni

-----Original Message-----
From: Knuplesch, Juergen [] 
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2010 9:52 AM
To: Ant Users List
Subject: AW: delete task question

Please show us, what you want to do! 

If you just want to delete everything under a certain dir it should work with "**" in the

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Shawn Castrianni [] 
Gesendet: Freitag, 26. März 2010 15:41
An: 'Ant Users List'
Betreff: delete task question

I am trying to use the <delete> task to delete files AND directories.  I have turned
on the includeemptydirs and am explicitly specifying a nested <fileset> instead of relying
on the implicit one created by <delete> tag itself.  My question is about includeemptydirs.
 It doesn't seem to work properly.  Depending on what order the fileset iterates through the
files/directories, you will get different behavior.  In order for everything to work, it would
need to iterate from the leaf on up through its parents so that a parent that WILL be empty
is deleted instead of being blocked because it still has a child directory which WILL be deleted
later on during the iteration.  Is <delete> smart enough to iterate from the leaves
on up?  If not, what is?

Shawn Castrianni

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