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From "Erik Hatcher" <>
Subject Re: testing for update on filter file
Date Mon, 01 Jul 2002 18:59:32 GMT
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From: "Diane Holt" <>

> I think it basically boils down to the fact that, unlike most build tools,
> where you can directly say fileA depends on fileB, in Ant, the way to
> associate those sorts of explicit file dependencies is to use tasks such
> as <uptodate>, <available>, <depend>, <dependset>, <selector>'s,

It is indeed a tough issue. All it takes is one property to change for all
dependency checking to go out the window (-Dbuild.debug=off, for example).

But the more smarts we add, the better Ant is.

When in doubt, run a clean build anyway!  :))


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