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From David Weintraub <>
Subject Re: Fixed default target
Date Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:44:45 GMT
On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 3:47 AM, Roos Tomas <> wrote:
> I'm wondering if it's possible to have a fixed default target, which
> always executes instead of what's put on the command-line?
> The reason for this is we use the depends feature of ant to be able to
> for instance publish to an ivy repository with a better flow. ant local
> milestone publish.

You could start all of the other target names with dashes. This makes
them impossible to execute on the command line. It's a common tactic
to make internal targets start with a dash for this reason.

If this is for initialization purposes, you can have non-targeted
tasks at the beginning of your Ant build.xml file. All of those tasks
will be executed no matter what target is selected. Unfortunately, you
can't use the "Ant" or "Antcall" task in this section. These will only
be executed if they're inside of an Ant target. Otherwise, you could
put these as part of the preliminary stuff and prevent people from
executing other tasks directly.

If you need to hit a preliminary task, you can make all other tasks in
your Antfile depend upon that task.

This request is a bit "unusual" because you're basically preventing
the developer from using Ant to its fullest.

David Weintraub

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