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From Matt Benson <>
Subject Re: Equivalent: <ant
Date Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:52:54 GMT
On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 10:49 AM, Dominique Devienne <> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM, Perrier, Nathan <> wrote:
>> No, because antcall creates a new project underneath the hood, whereas runtarget
(antcontrib task) does not.
> I would add that <runtarget> (and <antcall> as well in fact) goes
> against the Ant philosophy of having declarative builds using targets
> with proper dependencies between them, where by "dependencies" I mean
> that target just state their "requirements" and should not care when
> or in which order those requirements are fulfilled,  since that's the
> job of the "dependency manager" to analyze the graph of targets and
> order them such that each one runs only once and in the proper order,
> detecting circular references. Targets are not functions that one
> would call at will, leading to procedural as opposed to declarative
> builds. <macrodef> usage should eliminate the need for most
> <runtarget> usage and is preferred in general.
> In more practical terms, <antcall> does indeed create a new project
> (i.e. a new "scope"), which means that any property it sets will not
> be visible to the build that used <antcall>. <runtarget> does not
> create a new Project, so all properties set *are* visible to the
> "caller", and it achieves that via a loophole in Ant's API which is
> not plugged for backward-compatibility reasons.
> Using <antcall> and <runtarget> is IMHO a symptom of using Ant and
> builds with a wrong (procedural) mindset. I've created lots of large
> and complex builds in the past without any, so it's certainly not
> necessary to idiomatic Ant usage, although it remains quite popular to
> many :) My $0.02. --DD

And since Ant 1.6 I have never found a problem that would formerly
have been solved by e.g. <antcall> that couldn't be solved with
<macrodef>, and so reducing dependencies on external libraries while
still avoiding the overhead of the additional project instance.


>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Steve Amerige []
>> Are the two statements below equivalent?
>> <antcall target="doit" InheritRefs="true" />
>> <runtarget target="doit" />
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