Some thoughts:
1. Abator includes an Ant task in the JAR so you can call it directly rather than through the <java> task.  See the abator documentation for an example.
2. Abator always merges XML files, the overwrite flag is only for Java files.  This is beacuse the JRE includes an XML parser but not a Java parser.  This is also why the Eclipse plugin always merges both XML and Java files - because the eclipse runtime includes a Java parser.
3. Abator will not overwrite additions you make to XML files, it would be best to add your additions directly to the Abator generated XML files.
4. The XML merge does not deal with external entities (obviously).  I'll see if there's anything I can do about that
Jeff Butler

On 2/9/07, Mark Volkmann <> wrote:
I'm running Abator from an Ant target like this.

    <java jar="${abator.jar}" fork="true">
      <!-- true to overwrite existing files, with the same name.
           false to save newly generated files with a unique name
           (dot number at end) -->
      <arg line="AbatorConfig.xml false"/>

Since I'm passing in "false", it shouldn't overwrite existing files.
However, depending on the change I make to a generated SqlMap.xml
file, it overwrites it anyway.

If I add a new <select> element, the file doesn't get overwritten.
However, if I put that <select> element in a new file and include it
into the generated SqlMap.xml file using an external entity
reference, Abator overwrites the file, throwing away my entity
definition and reference.

Here's what I added to the generated SqlMap.xml file.

1) Add an external entity definition inside
     the closing > of the DOCTYPE like this.

       <!ENTITY additions SYSTEM "item_SqlMap_additions.xml">

  2) Add a reference to this entity before
     the closing </sqlMap> tag like this.