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From "Dominique Devienne" <>
Subject RE: getting tag from CVS for use in Ant
Date Wed, 03 Nov 2004 02:47:51 GMT
This is how I extract a CVS branch sticky tag. If you use the HEAD branch, there's no Tag file,
the <loadfile> issues a warning (but doesn't fail), and the tag is defaulted to HEAD
by <property>. The <replaceregex> are there to convert TTTAG_NAME into TAG_NAME.
The ^D.* variant is when you update/checkout by date instead of tag, in which case I assume
HEAD. Someone also submitted a custom task to do this, which must be in BugZilla somewhere.
It didn't go into Ant, partly because the Ant snippet below is 90% of the solution, albeit
longer, and can be made into a <macrodef> easily. --DD
        <loadfile property="tag" failonerror="false"
                  srcfile=".../CVS/Tag <mailto:${modules}/@{name}/CVS/Tag> ">
              <replaceregex pattern="^T" replace="" />
              <replaceregex pattern="^D.*" replace="HEAD" />
        <property name="tag" value="HEAD" />


From: Alison Monteith []
Sent: Tue 11/2/2004 5:39 PM
To: Ant Users List
Subject: getting tag from CVS for use in Ant


I don't know much about ant and am trying to fix a problem in our
existing build.xml file.

We have many branches in CVS and our normal procedue is to checkout out
a module which contains a build.xml file then run an ant package in this
directory which creates our software packages etc.  As part of the build
script a file called release.txt is created which should contain the cvs
tag and date and timestamp. 

Here are the relevant lines from build.xml:

<property name="label" value=${build_num} ${DSTAMP} ${TSTAMP}" />

<exec dir="www"
          <arg line="${label}"/>

Nowhere in build.xml is build_num set, so as expected the output is
"${build_num} <actual date> <actual time>"

Does anyone know how to set a variable (in this case ${build_num}) with
the cvs tag for the current module?

Thanks in advance for any info.


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