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From Seaders Oloinsigh <>
Subject Create a Union and Macrodef-style element with dynamic content at runtime
Date Tue, 08 May 2012 07:55:31 GMT
I've a build script built in Ant which has a macrodef that takes a few
default parameters, target, root and the like, and then an optional two,
extrasrc-f and extrasrc-c.  After they've come in, I like to do a uptodate
check on all relevant resources, then only do a build if the target is out
of date.

What I have at the moment,

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <project name="Custom build" default="default">

        <taskdef resource="net/sf/antcontrib/antlib.xml"

        <macrodef name="checkuptodate">
            <attribute name="target" />
            <element name="resource" />
                <condition property="needbuild">
                        <resourcecount when="greater" count="0"> <resource
/> </resourcecount>
                            <uptodate targetfile="@{target}">
                                <srcresources> <resource /> </srcresources>

        <macrodef name="projbuild">
            <attribute name="root" />
            <attribute name="target" />

            <element name="extrasrc-f" optional="true" />
            <element name="extrasrc-c" optional="true" />
                <local name="needbuild" />
                <checkuptodate target="@{root}/bin/@{target}">
                            <extrasrc-f />
                            <fileset dir="@{root}/src" includes="**/*.java"

                    <istrue value="${needbuild}" />
                            <extrasrc-c />


        <target name="default">

            <projbuild root="." target="EntryPoint.class">
                    <fileset dir="Proj2/src" includes="**/*.java" />
                    <fileset dir="Proj3/src" includes="**/*.java" />
                    <classpath location="Proj2/src" />
                    <classpath location="Proj3/src" />



But as you can see, at this point in time, for me it's inefficient, to do
what I want, I've to create and pass in at least one fileset, and multiple
classpaths.  What I'd really like to do is just pass in a list of
directories, then create the extrasrc-f and extrasrc-c elements on the fly
from that information, but for the life of me, I've no idea how I'm able to
do that.

I've read up plenty about many of Ant and Ant-Contrib funky classes, but I
haven't read anything that would allow me to do something like this, which
I do find odd, because to me it looks an obvious situation.

Am I approaching this in a very wrong way, or is there something I'm
missing?  If I'm really misusing Ant, I'd love pointers in the right
direction about how to do this properly, create a catchall, template build
in a macrodef (or target, if that's the only way to do it) which tests
multiple source files against one file that gets built, while also passing
in extra class or library paths too, preferably in one single list.

I've also asked this on Stackoverflow, for anyone with an answer wanting to
gain rep there, too.

Thanks for any help that you might have,

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