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From Mario Madunic <>
Subject Unexpected behaviour creating dynamic ANT task via XSLT and executing via bat file
Date Wed, 09 Mar 2011 17:13:38 GMT
(Ant 1.8.2, XP SP3)

I’m using ANT to pipeline my conversion of XML (Excel) to PDF via the command line. So I
chunked up the various steps into separate project files and import into the build.xml. At
one point an XSLT created a bat file to copy required SVGs locally for use in the PDF. The
bat file was executed using the <exec> task. A requirement came up to strip the DTD
declaration out all the SVGs, so instead of creating a simple bat file to copy each SVG required
it was changed to create a build file. In the build file are <copy> tasks and <filterchain>
<tokenfilter> to strip out the DTD declaration. This ANT build does not exist as part
of the main build.xml but executed within right after it has been created via XSLT. Hopefully
that is clearer than mud.

So here is the unexpected or unusual (at least to me) behaviour. When the copy SVGs ANT build
is executed and I hit ctrl C to stop the process to check the few files that have been copied
over, the copy SVG build is still running in the background even though the main build.xml
has been stopped. Is this behaviour correct and expected? I’m just curious more than anything
and am not really looking for a solution. (To stop it copying I open the task manager and
terminate the java task running.)

Marijan (Mario) Madunic
Publishing Specialist
New Flyer Industries

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