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From Dominique Devienne <>
Subject Re: "Sync" sometimes does not delete folders
Date Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:22:00 GMT
On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM, Al Le <> wrote:

> When synchronizing the dirs, we'd like to preserve some files. These files
> have a certain local name. Hence we specify these files in the
> 'preserveintarget' clause.
> [...] What I observe is that the dir 'aaa' is not deleted because it
> contains a file to preserve. But this file should be ignored in my case
> because 'aaa' should be deleted as a whole. I.e. ant should not even look
> into aaa.
> How can I achieve this?

You can't.  <preserveintarget> "wins" indeed, by design, as the task is
currently implemented.
You'd need to add a (e.g.) "unlessAncestorDirIsRemoved" attribute on
to "weaken"
<preserveintarget>, with associated logic of course.

Or you work around by copying/syncing your "preserved" files in to a 3rd
Sync as before, w/o the <preserveintarget> elements.
And "restore" those back, provided their directory still exists. I think
it's possible with a selector
and mapper to figure out of the "preserved" files should be restored (not
easy, but possible).


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