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From Kenney Westerhof <>
Subject Re: [vote] Allowing Ant-based plugins to use file-based resources
Date Sat, 07 Oct 2006 01:24:32 GMT
+1, and i'm really curious how you would fit that into 10 lines.. ;)

Btw, IIRC the current ant plugin tools already unpack the jar to /tmp/someplace
so they can specify the location to the build.xml in the archive; I seem to remember
that you couldn't just present an InputStream or URL to Ant to parse a build.xml.

If this is the case, you may want to re-use that unpack location instead of copying
to target/.../.

But you probably know the code better than me :)

Jason van Zyl wrote:
> Hi,
> I chatted with Kenney briefly about allowing ant-based plugins to unpack 
> resources from a known location to a known location so they things like 
> shell scripts can be executed.
> So, in a nutshell I would like to add some capability to unpack the 
> resources in an ant-based plugin JAR to ${basedir}/target/<artifact-id> 
> and from there if the ant scripts want to reference file based resources 
> they can. My particular use case is a user that wants to leverage all 
> the bash and perl they have already use with their ant builds but they 
> want them to be reusable.
> If no one objects I'll do the work on trunk and then merge it to the 
> branch. It's a new feature but it's super simple (10 lines) and it would 
> certainly be useful in 2.0.5.
> Jason
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