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From "Rick Genter" <>
Subject RE: filelist to support selections as per the fileset
Date Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:13:00 GMT
> From: Raja Nagendra Kumar []
> Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 7:05 AM
> To:
> Subject: RE: filelist to support selections as per the fileset
> Hi Rick,
> May be the name could be <orderedfileset>
> but in the java world the one with order is called list and without
> order is
> called set.
> filelist is a list of files which maintains the order. However how this
> list
> is filled could be either explicit way as it happens now or by way
> scanning
> though provided patterns.
> I not sure, why you see this differently.

Hi Raja,

I understand perfectly well the difference between a list and a set. You don't seem to understand
that <filelist> is used to specify files that don't exist. A wildcard makes no sense
in that scenario. ANT uses <fileset> for existing files and <filelist> for potentially
nonexistent files; the functionality you are asking for amounts to an ordering of <fileset>.
<filelist> is intended for something else and what you are asking for CAN NOT BE IMPLEMENTED
given <filelist>'s semantics. I wish you could understand that.

Rick Genter
Principal Software Engineer
Silverlink Communications
Office (781) 583-7145
Mobile (408) 398-7006

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