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Subject AW: idiom to pass ant command line args to java task?
Date Fri, 02 Dec 2005 06:13:13 GMT
$0 refers to the first argument. Where is the end? Is $9 the last
accessible argument or $10...? Then using that reference must be followed by
a split character.
    ant -- one two .... eleven
    a)  two0HelloWorld
    b)  elevenHelloWorld

Printing out multiple arguments with $* seems to ignore $0.
    C:\oss\org_apache\ant16>build start -- toto titi tutu
    $* = titi tutu
Where is "toto"?
(not tested, just the docu in the bug-report)

The sign: $
Because it is a property the $ seems to be ok to me. Using with out
the curly brackets {} shows the special meaning and avoids conflicts
with existing properties.   $1 != ${1}

The number of arguments: $#
Ok with me. ... ok, I often write perl ...

The array: $*
Should be a list which can easily be iterated by <ac:for>.
I would prefer a comma separated list
- easier for <ac:for> as the comma is its default separator
- usually you (ok me) show a list separated by comma

The dividing argument: --
The '-' is a valid sign for target names, so '--' would be a valid target.
But because a starting '-' is responsible for passing arguments to Ant, targets
with a leading '-' cant be started from commandline. Which is there since .... a long time.
And we dont have a '--' argument yet.
Ok with me.

Additional task: <cliargs/>
As this thread showed, we need to pass the parameters directly to <java> task (or <exec>...).
So converting the $* parameter list to couple of <arg/> tags should be easy.
The easiest would be a 
    <arg line="$*"/>
but with additional information this would become difficult.
    <arg value="-opt $0"/>
    <arg value="-opt $1"/>
So my idea is something like
        <cliargs format="-opt *"/>
which will be same with an "ant -- one two" as
        <arg value="-opt one"/>
        <arg value="-opt two"/>
Makes sence or too special?


>-----Urspr√ľngliche Nachricht-----
>Von: Dominique Devienne [] 
>Gesendet: Freitag, 2. Dezember 2005 03:21
>An: Ant Users List
>Betreff: Re: idiom to pass ant command line args to java task?
>> If you search the archives you may find more info.
>> Dominique Devienne (of the Ant PMC) had either (a) a 
>proposal for, or 
>> (b) a version of, Ant, that did this using imaginary 
>properties ${0}, 
>> ${1}, etc.  He will probably have something to say here.  :)
>;-) Here it is:
>I was using the weirder $0, $#, $*, $1... var names, which 
>de-referenced looked like ${$0}, ${$#}, and ${$*}.
>And since I didn't hear any negative feedback, I was thinking 
>of committing the patch.
>Any last comment, on the syntax or otherwise? any -1? --DD
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