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From Shawn Castrianni <>
Subject RE: Custom task to force build success
Date Wed, 18 May 2011 15:29:32 GMT
I didn't have to use a custom logger.  Instead, my custom EndTask is this:

package com.lgc.btlite;


public class EndTask extends Task {
  protected String _message = null;

  public void execute()
    if((_message != null) && (_message.length() > 0))
      log("\n" + _message,Project.MSG_INFO);

  public void setMessage(String message)
    _message = message;

Shawn Castrianni

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Benson [] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 10:27 AM
To: Ant Users List
Subject: Re: Custom task to force build success

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM, Carlton Brown <> wrote:
> I'm struggling to write a custom task that is essentially the opposite 
> of "fail".   I've seen it mentioned on this list before, but never 
> found a conclusive answer.
> To be successful, a task expressed like this:
> <my:win message="You win!" if="${winning}" unless="${failing}">
>  <!-- ideally, a nested condition would be permitted here, if it's 
> easy to implement --> </my:win>
> The task would halt the build, and I would see the following output:
> You win!
> Total time: 2 seconds
> and the exit code would be zero.
> The closest I got was to print the exit message and set the exit 
> status to zero, but I still get this frustrating "BUILD FAILED" 
> message, which is incompatible with the aesthetic of winning.
> Help?

Hi, Carlton.  I think that you're going to need to provide a custom logger.  I would try:

public class FalseFailureSuppressingLogger extends {
    public void buildFinished(BuildEvent event) {
        Throwable error = event.getException();
        if (error instanceof ExitStatusException &&
((ExitStatusException) error).getStatus() == 0) {
        try {
        } finally {


Then simply use <fail message="You win!" status="0" /> in your buildfile.


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