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From Carlos Araya <>
Subject Re: using ant for non build tasks
Date Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:09:31 GMT

For my ebook production flow, I use an ant script that fetches files from a web server, unzips
them, moves them a around and uses them to process the Docbook file. It is not trivial but
it's also not too complicated,


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> On Jan 15, 2014, at 7:22 AM, Jay Bryant <> wrote:
> I have used Ant for business automation in the past. The
> document-production team needed to get the latest versions of all their
> files, run multiple transforms on each file, and then produce PDF, help
> files, and HTML. So I wrote an Ant file that had several targets, depending
> on which output they wanted. It had some convenience tasks, too. Some of
> those tasks involved creating zip files, so I am sure you can make
> unzipping work, too.
> Jay Bryant
>> On Jan 15, 2014 7:37 AM, "Mark Lybarger" <> wrote:
>> hi,
>> i'm putting together a simple business "flow" process.  some zip files are
>> pulled from a vendor.  i need a process to do the following, archive the
>> input, unzip the zip files, and execute some transformation on some of the
>> data.
>> currently, it's on a windows server, but we have linux servers in our
>> environment too.  i was thinking of using an ant script to handle/drive
>> most of this execution.  as ant is primarily using for building (java
>> appliations), does anyone see issues with using ant to drive this file
>> processing and manipulation?
>> thoughts/ideas are very welcome!
>> thanks,
>> -mark-

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