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From Stephan Michels <>
Subject Re: One XML file for build.xml?
Date Fri, 18 Jul 2003 14:04:54 GMT

On Fri, 18 Jul 2003, Berin Loritsch wrote:

> Carsten Ziegeler wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > some months ago the build.xml was split into different files.
> > Although this should create more maintainability and overview,
> > it's actually imho worse. You have to open different files
> > at the same time, as for example properties are declared in
> > the init.xml and you want to edit a different one. The files
> > are not valid xml files and finally you can't use all these
> > great ant build file editors (e.g. the one integrated in eclipse).
> IMO, properties should be declared in a properties file unless you
> are using that XMLProperties ANT task.
> As to including functionality and calling ANT tasks in other
> XML documents--do not use element includes.  ANT has an <import>
> statement and an <ant call/> setup that can work with targets
> declared in another ant build file.
> The end result is that you can keep modularity without breaking
> all the wonderful build file editors.

I thought we wanted to wait until 1.6 final, and <import> is an
official element.

> >
> > So, I really would like to have one single build.xml again.
> > I think we get the same visibility, but have the advantages mentioned
> > above.
> >
> > If noone is against this, I will merge them again.

I strongly against. One big build file is a mess, and unmaintainable.
I really don't get your point why one big build is the better choice?


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