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From Dominique Devienne <>
Subject Re: Target Execution Sequence
Date Mon, 31 Oct 2011 08:44:07 GMT
On Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 2:47 AM, Rhino <> wrote:
>  I'm having a perplexing problem and I'm hoping someone here can help me
> understand whatever I'm missing. I was moderately fluent with Ant at one
> point but I've been away from it a  while and have probably just forgotten
> some fundamental that I need to know.
> [...]
> In reality, the booleans are being seen by the program that generates the
> document as true regardless of what has been done with the AntForm.
> Therefore, all three special paragraphs always appear in the document even
> when I've asked for some or all of them to be omitted.

Haven't looked at the build you included later, but just in case it's
a lucky guess, remember that some "conditionals" in Ant only look at
whether a property is set, rather than its actual value (true or
false, 0, or 1, etc...). For example <target name="..." if="foo"/>,
will execute if property "foo" is *set*, to whatever. This is
typically worked around by using <target name="..." depends="test-foo"
if="foo-is-true?"/> with <target name="test-foo"> <condition
property="foo-is-true?"><istrue property="foo"/></condition></target>.
(WARNING: untested code). This works because is target's dependencies
are always evaluated before itself (if these dependencies haven't been
already satisfied/evaluated). Hope this helps. --DD

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