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Changes from Ant 1.8.1 TO Ant 1.8.2
Changes that could break older environments:
* Prior to Ant 1.8.0 the <copy> task and several other tasks would
overwrite read-only destination files. Starting with 1.8.0 they
would only do so under special circumstances. Ant 1.8.2 now
consistently won't replace a read-only file by default. The same is
true for a number of other tasks.
The <copy>, <move> and <echo> tasks now have a new force attribute
and <concat> has a new forceReadonly attribute that can be used to
make the task overwrite read-only destinations.
Bugzilla Report 49261.
* Removed ant-nodeps.jar; it is now merged into ant.jar.
* DOMElementWriter#encode used to employ special code before encoding
ampersands so that &#123; remained &#123; rather than being turned
into &amp;#123;. This is no longer the case, ampersands will now
be encoded unconditionally.
Also DOMElementWriter#encodeData will treat CDATA sections containing a
literal "]]>" sequence different now - it will split the CDATA
section between the second "]" and ">" and create two sections.
This affects <echoxml> task as well as the XML logger or JUnit
formatter where ampersands will now always get encoded.
In addition DOMElementWriter will now replace the characters \t, \r
and \n in attribute values by entity references.
Bugzilla Report 49404.
* The list elements returned by ProjectHelper#getExtensionStack are
now String arrays of length 3 rather than 2 in order to support the
onMissingExtensionPoint attribute.
Bugzilla Report 49473.
* When using <property file="..." prefix="..."/> properties defined
inside the same file will only get used in expansions if the ${}
reference uses the same prefix. This is different from Ant 1.8.1
but is the same behavior Ant 1.8.0 and earlier exhibited.
A new attribute prefixValues can be used to re-enable the behavior
of Ant 1.8.1.
Bugzilla Report 49373.
* The files and directories used by Git, Mercurial and Bazaar to
store their information are now excluded by the defaultexcludes.
Bugzilla Report 49624.
* The <junit> task no longer generates TestListener events - which
have been introduced in ant 1.7.0 - by default. The task has a new
attribute enableTestListenerEvents and a new "magic" property
ant.junit.enabletestlistenerevents has been added that can be used
to reinstate the old behavior.
Fixed bugs:
* hostinfo now prefers addresses with a hostname over addresses without
a hostname, provided the addresses have the same scope.
For local lookup, no IP address will be put in NAME / DOMAIN anymore.
For remote lookup, if a host name was provided and only an IP address is
found, the IP address will no longer overwrite the host name provided to the
Bugzilla Report 49513
* mmap-based file copy problems under JDK 1.4 on Linux.
Bugzilla Report 49430.
* The Sun JVM tries to mmap the entire file during a copy.
For large files this is not feasible.
We now explicitly request to copy at most 16 MiB per request.
Bugzilla Report 49326.
* should return unsigned values
Bugzilla Report 49279.
* The MIME mailer ignored the port parameter when using SSL.
Bugzilla Report 49267.
* <xslt> ignored the classpath when using the default TraX processor.
Bugzilla Report 49271.
* <checksum>'s totalproperty only worked reliably if the same file
name didn't occur inside more than one directory.
Bugzilla Report 36748.
* <ftp> could fail to download files from remote subdirectories under
certain circumstances.
Bugzilla Report 49296.
* <junit> will now produce better diagnostics when it fails to delete
a temporary file.
Bugzilla Report 49419.
* Ant would often scan directories even though there were known to
only hold excluded files when evaluating filesets. This never
resulted in wrong results but degraded performance of the scan
Bugzilla Report 49420.
* <javac> failed for long command lines on OS/2.
Bugzilla Report 49425.
* <junitreport> did not handle encodings well for stdout/stderr.
Bugzilla Report 49418.
* <junit> could issue a warning about multiple versions of Ant on the
CLASSPATH if two CLASSPATH entries differed in case on a
case-insensitive file system.
Bugzilla Report 49041.
* The <restrict> resource collection was checking every resource even if
we actually just want the first one, like in the example of use of
resourcelist in the documentation (getting the first available resource
from a mirror list).
* A race condition could lead to build failures if multiple <mkdir>
tasks were trying to create the same directory.
Bugzilla Report 49572.
* the toString() method of the Resources class - and thus any
${toString:} expansion of a reference to a <resources> element -
didn't iterate over its nested elements if it hadn't done so prior
to the toString invocation already.
Bugzilla Report 49588.
* <apply> in parallel mode didn't work together with a nested
<redirector> if maxparallel was <= 0 (the default) or no source
files matched.
Bugzilla Report 49594.
* <jar filesetmanifest="merge"> didn't work for manifests added via
<zipfileset>s that used the prefix or fullpath attributes.
Bugzilla Report 49605.
* <tempfile createfile="true"> would cause an error unless the prefix
attribute has been specified.
Bugzilla Report 49755.
* If forked, after finished <java> was still reading the input stream
for a bunch of characters, then stealing them from a following <input>.
Bugzilla Report 49119.
* Ant could be leaking threads for each forked process (started by
<exec>, <apply>, <java> or similar tasks) that didn't receive input
from a resource or string explicitly.
Bugzilla Report 49587.
* Project#setDefault threw an exception when null was passed in as
argument, even though the Javadoc says null is a valid value.
Bugzilla Report 49803.
* would swallow the first argument if CLASSPATH wasn't set.
Bugzilla Report 49963.
* <taskdef> failed to load resources from jar files contained in a
directory that has a "!" in its name.
Bugzilla Report 50007.
* ant.bat exit strategy improvements and issues
make the exit codes work in environments where 4NT or MKS are installed
Bugzilla Report 41039.
* <signjar> would fail if used via its Java API and the File passed
into the setJar method was not "normalized" (i.e. contained ".."
Bugzilla Report 50081.
* <delete> ignored <fileset>'s errorOnMissingDir attribute
Bugzilla Report 50124.
* <symlink> failed to close files when reading a list of symbolic
links from a properties file.
Bugzilla Report 50136.
* <parallel> could allow tasks to start executing even if a task
scheduled to run before them timed out.
Bugzilla Report 49527.
* If a <junit> batch with multiple tests times out Ant logs a message
about a test named Batch-With-Multiple-Tests since 1.8.0 but the
logic that determined the Java package of this pseudo-test has been
Bugzilla Report 45227.
* <propertyfile> didn't preserve the original linefeed style when
updating a file.
Bugzilla Report 50049.
* <zip>'s whenEmpty behavior never consulted the non-fileset
resources so the task could fail even though resources have been
provided using non-fileset resource collections.
Bugzilla Issue 50115.
* ftp chmod could throw a NPE.
Bugzilla report 50217.
* The project help (-p option in the command line) will now print
the dependencies of the targets in debug mode (-d on the command
Other changes:
* <concat>'s force attribute has been deprecated in favor of a new
overwrite attribute that is consistent with <copy>'s attribute
* You can now specify a list of methods to run in a JUnit test case.
Bugzilla Report 34748.
* properties in files read because of the -propertyfile command line
option will now get resolved against other properties that are
defined before the project starts executing (those from the same or
earlier -propertfiles or defined via the -D option).
Bugzilla Report 18732.
* <pathelement>s can now contain wildcards in order to use wildcard
CLASSPATH entries introduced with Java6.
The wildcards are not expanded or even evaluated by Ant and will be
used literally. The resulting path may be unusable as a CLASSPATH
for Java versions prior to Java6 and likely doesn't mean anything
when used in any other way than a CLASSPATH for a forked Java VM.
Bugzilla Report 46842.
* A new attribute allows targets to deal with nonexistent extension
points, i.e. they can extend an extension-point if it has been
defined or silently work as plain targets if it hasn't. This is
useful for targets that get included/imported in different
scenarios where a given extension-point may or may not exist.
Bugzilla Report 49473.
* Ant now logs a warning message if it fails to change the file
modification time in for example when using <touch> or preserving
timestamps in various tasks.
Bugzilla Report 49485.
* ProjectHelpers can now be installed dynamically via the <projecthelper>
Ant task.
* <import> is now able to switch to the proper ProjectHelper to parse
the imported resource. This means that several kinds of different build
files can import each other.
* <copy tofile=""> now also works for non-filesystem resources.
Bugzilla Report 49756.
* The <linecontainsregexp> filter now supports a casesensitive
* The <containsregexp> selector now supports casesensitive, multiline
and singleline attributes.
Bugzilla Report 49764.
* A new <cutdirsmapper> can be used like wget's --cut-dirs option to
strip leading directories from file names.
* <javah> now supports the GNU project's gcjh compiler.
Bugzilla Report 50149.
* <checksum> supports additional views of a file's path as elements
for a custom pattern.
Bugzilla Report 50114.
* JUnit XMLResultAggregator logs the stack trace of caught IO exceptions
in verbose runs.
Bugzilla Report 48836.
* StringUtils.parseHumanSizes() should turn parse failures into
Bugzilla Report 48835.
* New task <bindtargets> to make a list of targets bound to some
specified extension point.
* Initial support for OpenJDK7 has been added.
* Ant now uses rather than
java.util.ServiceLocator to detect whether the environment is a
Java 1.6 system. This means releases of gcj/gij at the time of
this release of Ant are detected as Java 1.5 and not 1.6.
Bugzilla Report 50256.
* It is now possible to write a compiler adapter for <javac> that
compiles sources with extensions other than .java (but that still
compile to .class files).
Bugzilla Report 48829.
* The performance of VectorSet#add(Object) has been improved which
should also benefit any operation that scans directories in Ant.
Bugzilla Report 50200.
Changes from Ant 1.8.0 TO Ant 1.8.1
Changes that could break older environments:
* ant-trax.jar is no longer produced since TrAX is included in JDK 1.4+.
* Ant no longer ships with Apache Xerces-J or the XML APIs but relies
on the Java runtime to provide a parser and matching API versions.
* The stylebook ant task and the ant-stylebook.jar are removed.
Fixed bugs:
* Tasks that iterate over task or type definitions, references or
targets now iterate over copies instead of the live maps to avoid
ConcurrentModificationExceptions if another thread changes the
Bugzilla Report 48310.
* The filesmatch condition threw a NullPointerException when
comparing text files and the second file contained fewer lines than
the first one.
Bugzilla Report 48715.
* Regression: The <ear> task would allow multiple
META-INF/application.xml files to be added.
Bugzilla Report 6836.
* VectorSet#remove(Object) would fail if the size of the vector
equaled its capacity.
* Regression : ant -diagnostics was returning with exit code 1
Bugzilla Report 48782
* Fix for exec task sometimes inserts extraneous newlines
Bugzilla Report 48746
* SymlinkTest#testSymbolicLinkUtilsMethods failing on MacOS
Bugzilla Report 48785.
* If <concat>'s first resourcecollection child is a <resources>,
any subsequently added child resourcecollection joins the first.
Bugzilla Report 48816.
* <get> with an invalid URL could trigger an NPE in some JVMs.
Bugzilla Report 48833
* Broken Pipe issue under Ubuntu Linux
Bugzilla Report 48789
* Properties wrongly read from file or not update during read
Bugzilla Report 48768
* AntClassLoader in Ant 1.8.0 has been considerably slower than in
Bugzilla Report 48853
* ANT_CMD_LINE_ARGS are rippling through lower level Ant usage
Bugzilla Report 48876
* email : IO error sending mail with plain mimetype
Bugzilla Report 48932
* the script failed to create a proper cache of
target if "ant -p" failed.
Bugzilla Report 48980
* <rmic>'s sourcebase attribute was broken.
Bugzilla Report 48970
* <copy>'s failonerror didn't work as expected when copying a single
element resource collection to a file.
Bugzilla Report 49070
* <get> no longer followed redirects if the redirect URL was relative
and not an absolute URL.
Bugzilla Report 48972
* fixed a performance degradation in the code that expands property
Bugzilla Reports 48961 and 49079
* <jar filesetmanifest="merge"> was broken on Windows.
Bugzilla Report 49090
* <symlink> delete failed if the link attribute was a relative path
to a link inside the current directory without a leading ".".
Bugzilla Report 49137
* <telnet> and <rexec> failed to find the expected strings when
waiting for responses and thus always failed.
Bugzilla Report 49173
Other changes:
* Project provides new get methods that return copies instead of the
live maps of task and type definitions, references and targets.
* Ant is now more lenient with ZIP extra fields and will be able to
read archives that it failed to read in earlier versions.
Bugzilla Report 48781.
* The <zip> family of tasks has been sped up for bigger archives.
Bugzilla Report 48755.
* Add removeKeepExtension option to NetRexxC task.
Bugzilla Report 48788.
* Add prefix attribute to loadproperties task.
* Add resource attribute to length task.
* PropertyResource will effectively proxy another Resource if ${name}
evaluates to a Resource object.
* Added forcestring attribute to equals condition to force evaluation
of Object args as strings; previously only API-level usage of the
equals condition allowed Object args, but Ant 1.8.x+ property
evaluation may yield values of any type.
* BuildFileTest.assertPropertyUnset() fails with a slightly more
meaningful error message
Bugzilla Report 48834
* <junit> will now throw an exception if a test name is empty. This
used to manifest itself in unrelated errors like
Bugzilla Report 43586.
* A change that made <exec> more reliable on Windows (Bugzilla Report
5003) strongly impacts the performance for commands that execute
quickly, like attrib. Basically no single execution of a command
could take less than a second on Windows.
A few timeouts have been tweaked to allow these commands to finish
more quickly but still they will take longer than they did with Ant
Bugzilla Report 48734.
* Added SimpleBigProjectLogger, intermediate between NoBannerLogger and
* <mappedresources> supports new attributes enablemultiplemappings
and cache.
* Added the augment task to manipulate existing references via Ant's basic
introspection mechanisms.
Changes from Ant 1.8.0RC1 TO Ant 1.8.0
Changes that could break older environments:
* the appendtolines filter has been renamed to suffixlines.
Fixed bugs:
* stack traces were not reported at all by <junit/>
when filtertrace="on", which is the default.
* ant.bat can now also process the -noclasspath switch when it is
the first switch on a command line.
Bugzilla Report 48186.
* <fixcrlf> now tries to delete the created temporary files earlier.
Bugzilla Report 48506.
* the implementation of <zip> had been changed in a way that broke
the jarjar links task and protentially other third-party subclasses
as well.
Bugzilla Report 48541.
* <scp> task didn't report build file location when a remote operation failed
Bugzilla Report 48578.
* <propertyfile> would add the same comment and a date line each time
it updated an existing property file.
Bugzilla Report 48558.
* <sound> didn't work properly in recent Java VMs.
Bugzilla Report 48637.
Other changes:
Changes from Ant 1.7.1 TO Ant 1.8.0RC1
Changes that could break older environments:
* if and unless attributes (on <target> as well as various tasks and other
elements) have long permitted ${property} interpolation. Now, if the result
evaluates to "true" or "false" (or "yes", "no", "on", "off"), that boolean
value will be used; otherwise the traditional behavior of treating the value
as a property name (defined ~ true, undefined ~ false) is used. Existing
scripts could be broken if they perversely defined a property named "false"
and expected if="false" to be true, or used if="true" expecting this to be
triggered only if a property named "true" were defined.
* Ant now requires Java 1.4 or later.
* Improved handling of InterruptException (lets suppose someone/thing
is trying to kill the thread when we receive an
InterruptException), when an InterruptException is received, we do
not wait anymore in a while loop till the end time has been
Bugzilla Report 42924.
* Refactor PropertyHelper and introspection APIs to make extension
more granular and support setting task/type attribute values to
objects decoded by custom PropertyEvaluator delegates. Also add
<propertyhelper> task for registering delegates and/or replacing
the registered PropertyHelper instance.
Bugzilla Report 42736.
* Added a restricted form of typedef called <componentdef>. This
allows definition of elements that can only be within tasks or
types. This method is now used to define conditions, selectors,
comparators and filterreaders. This means that tasks may now have
nested conditions just by implementing the Condition interface,
rather than extending ConditionBase. It also means that the use of
namespaces for some of the selectors introduced in Ant 1.7.0 is no
longer necessary. Implementing this means that the DynamicElement
work-around introduced in Ant 1.7.0 has been removed.
Bugzilla Report 40511.
* In the <touch> task when a <mapper> is used, the millis and
datetime attributes now override the time of the source resource if
Bugzilla Report 43235.
* Remove fall-back mechanism for references that are not resolved
during normal runtime execution.
* FileUtils.createTempFile now actually creates the file.
The TempFile task still does not create the file by default, can be
instructed to do so however using a new parameter.
Bugzilla Report 33969.
* A lock in Project ensured that a BuildListener's messageLogged
method was only ever executed by a single thread at a time, while
all other methods could be invoked by multiple threads
simultaniously (while within <parallel>, for example). This lock
is no longer in place, messageLogged should be made thread-safe
* <sql>'s onError="stop" no longer fails the build if an error
occurs, this is the main difference between stop and error and
matches what the documentation implied.
Bugzilla Report 24668.
* Ant's configuration introspection mechanisms have been modified to prefer
Resource and FileProvider attributes to plain attributes;
however the configuration-from-String behavior remains equivalent, rendering
a FileResource.
* CBZip2InputStream will now throw an IOException if
passed in a null or empty InputStream to read from.
Bugzilla Reports 32200.
* <unzip> will now fail when trying to extract certain broken
archives that would have been silently ignored in earlier version.
Bugzilla Report 35000.
* Ant's <zip> family of tasks tries to preserve the existing Unix
permissions when updating archives or copying entries from one
archive to another.
Since not all archiving tools support storing Unix permissions in
the same way that is used by Ant, sometimes the permissions read by
Ant seem to be 0, which means nobody is allowed to do anything to
the file or directory.
If Ant now encounters a permission set of 0 it will assume that
this is not the intended value and instead apply its own default
values. Ant used to create entries with 0 permissions itself.
The <zip> family of tasks has a new attribute preserve0permissions
that can be set to restore the old behavior.
Bugzilla Report 42122.
* If a batch containing multiple JUnit tests running inside a forked
Java VM caused the VM to crash (or caused a timeout), the
formatters would receive an error message for the last test in the
Ant will now pass in a test with the name "Batch-With-Multiple-Tests"
instead - this is supposed to show more clearly that the last test
may not have started at all.
Bugzilla Report 45227.
* If the number of minutes a build takes is bigger then 1000 Ant will
no longer print a thousands separator in the "elapsed time"
message. It used to be the thousands separator of the current
Bugzilla Report 44659.
* <symlink action="delete"> used to fail if the link was broken (i.e.
pointing to a file or directory that no longer existed). It will now
silently try to remove the link.
Bugzilla Report 41285.
* <delete file="..."> used to log a warning and not delete broken
symbolic links. <delete dir="..."/> didn't even log a warning.
The task will now try to delete them in both cases.
Bugzilla Report 41285.
* if the dir attribute of a <fileset> points to a symbolic link and
followsymlinks is set to false, the fileset will no longer be
scanned and always seem empty.
Bugzilla Report 45741.
* the .NET tasks that have been deprecated since Ant 1.7.0 have been
removed, please use the stand-alone Antlib you can find at
* the logic of closing streams connected to forked processes (read
the input and output of <exec> and friends) has been changed to
deal with cases where child processes of the forked processes live
longer than their parents and keep Ant from exiting.
It is unlikely but possible that the changed logic breaks stream
handling on certain Java VMs.
Bugzilla issue 5003.
* <checksum>'s totalproperty was platform dependent because it relied
on It has now been made platform
independent, which means that totalPropery values obtained on
Windows (and other systems where the sort order of File is not case
sensitive) can be different from the values obtained with earlier
versions of Ant.
Bugzilla Report 36748.
* globmapper didn't work properly if the "to" or "from" patterns
didn't contain a "*". In particular it implicitly added a * to the
end of the pattern(s). This is no longer the case. If you relied
on this behavior you will now need to explicitly specify the
trailing "*".
Bugzilla Report 46506.
* <copy> silently ignored missing resources even with
failOnError="true". If your build tries to copy non-existant
resources and you relied on this behavior you must now explicitly
set failOnError to false.
Bugzilla Report 47362.
* Ant now prefers the java.runtime.version system property over
java.vm.version for the Created-By Manifest attribute.
Bugzilla Report 47632.
* The <image> task now supports a nested mapper. In order to
implement this, the Java API of the task had to change so any
custom subclass overriding the processFile method will need to
adapt (by overriding the new two-arg processFile method).
Bugzilla Report 23243.
* A new property syntax can be used to set attributes from
references: ${ant.ref:some-reference}
In most cases this will yield the exact same result as
${toString:some-reference} - only when an attribute setter method
accepts an object type other than string and the project's
reference is an Object of matching type the new syntax will pass in
that object.
If your build file already contains properties whose name starts
with "ant.ref:" there is a potential for collision. If your
property has been set, normal property expansion will take
precedence over the new syntax. If the property has not been set
and a reference with the postfix of your property name exists
(i.e. in a very unlikely event) then the new syntax would yield a
different result (an expanded property) than Ant 1.7.1 did.
* A ProjectHelper implementation can now provide the default build file
name it is expecting, and can specify if they can support a specific build
file. So Ant is now capable of supporting several ProjectHelper
implementations, deciding on which to use depending of the input build file.
* Mapper-aware selectors (depends, different, present) now accept typedef'd
Fixed bugs:
* The default logger was failing to print complete stack traces for
exceptions other than BuildException when inside <ant> or
<antcall>, thus omitting often important diagnostic
Bugzilla 43398 (continued).
* Better handling of package-info.class.
Bugzilla Report 43114.
* RPM task needed an inserted space between the define and the value.
Bugzilla Report 46659.
* Got rid of deadlock between in, out and err in the Redirector.
Bugzilla Report 44544.
* Caused by AssertionError no longer filtered.
Bugzilla Report 45631.
* <zip> would sometimes recreate JARs unnecessarily.
Bugzilla Report 45902.
* <symlink> task couldn't overwrite existing symlinks that pointed to
nonexistent files
Bugzilla Report 38199.
* <symlink> task couldn't overwrite files that were in the way of the symlink.
Bugzilla Report 43426.
* <symlink> task failonerror="false" does not stop build from failing
when 'ln' command returns non-zero.
Bugzilla Report 43624
* <touch> task couldn't differentiate between "no resources
specified" and "no resources matched."
Bugzilla Report 43799.
* ManifestClassPath failed when a relative path would traverse the
file system root.
Bugzilla Report 44499.
* <globmapper> had an indexoutofbounds when the prefix and postfix
Bugzilla Report 44731.
* <typedef> and <taskdef> failed to accept file names with #
characters in them.
Bugzilla Report 45190
* A deadlock could occur if a BuildListener tried to access an Ant property
within messageLogged while a different thread also accessed one.
Bugzilla Report 45194
* Handle null result of system getProperty() in CommandlineJava.
Similar to Bugzilla Report 42334.
* Length task did not process nonexistent Resources even though these might
conceivably still carry file length information.
Bugzilla Report 45271.
* <javac>'s includeJavaRuntime="false" should work for gcj now. Note
that you may need to set includeAntRuntime to false in order to
have full control.
Bugzilla Report 34638.
* <sql> would fail if the executed statment didn't return a result
set with some JDBC driver that dissalow Statement.getResultSet to
be called in such a situation.
Bugzilla Report 36265
* if the executed statement in <sql> returned a result set and an
update count, the count would be lost.
* if an executed statement in <sql> mixes update count and result set
parts, some result sets wouldn't get printed.
Bugzilla Report 32168.
* XmlLogger could lose messages if <parallel> is used.
Bugzilla Report 25734.
* <scp> creates remoteToDir if it doesn't exist.
Bugzilla Report 42781
* CBZip2OutputStream threw an exception if it was closed prior to
writing anything.
Bugzilla Reports 32200, 45836
* The IPlanetDeploymentTool didn't use the configured DTD locations.
Bugzilla Report 31876.
* The ant shell script printed a warning under Cygwin if JAVA_HOME
was not set.
Bugzilla Report 45245.
* <filterset> sometimes incorrectly flagged infinite recursions of
filter tokens
Bugzilla Report 44226.
* failures were treated as errors in forked JUnit tests when JUnit 4
was used.
Bugzilla Report 43892.
* <jar> and <manifest> disallowed manifest attributes whose name
contained the character '8'.
Bugzilla Report 45675.
* BigProjectLogger would set the project's basedir to the current
working directory.
Bugzilla Report 45607.
* only <formatter>s that logged to a file were notified if forked VM
crashed or a timeout occured in <junit>.
Bugzilla Report 37312.
* ant -v -version would print the version information twice.
Bugzilla Report 45695.
* when nested into builds that have been invoked by <ant> tasks
<subant> might set the wrong basedir on the called projects.
Bugzilla Report 30569.
* If the message of the failed assertion of a forked JUnit test
contained line feeds some excess output ended up in Ant's log.
Bugzilla Report 45411.
* <symlink action="delete"> failed to delete a link that pointed to
a parent directory.
Bugzilla Report 45743.
* <symlink action="delete"> failed if ant lacked permission to rename
the link's target.
Bugzilla Report 41525.
* when checking whether a jar is signed, <signjar> ignored the
sigfile attribute.
Bugzilla Report 44805.
* When using JavaMail all <mail> tasks used the same mail host
regardless of their configuration.
Bugzilla Report 37970.
* <signjar> and <issigned> didn't handle aliases with characters other
than numbers, letters, hyphen or underscore properly.
Bugzilla Report 45820.
* <filterset> could miss multi-character begin tokens in some cases.
Bugzilla Report 45094.
* <depend> didn't close JARs that were part of the classpath.
Bugzilla Report 45955.
* in some cases <depend> would delete class files even if it didn't
find the corresponding source files.
Bugzilla Report 45916.
* <javadoc> failed if the nested <bottom> or <head> contained line
Bugzilla Report 43342.
* encoding="auto" has been broken in <mail> since Ant 1.7.0 and only
worked if JavaMail was available.
Bugzilla Report 42389.
* MailLogger could cause a NullPointerException.
Bugzilla Report 44009.
* <junit> didn't recognize failed assertions as failures if they
caused subclasses of AssertionError to be thrown (like
org.junit.ComparisonFailure that is thrown when assertEquals
Bugzilla Report 45028.
* the Unix "ant" wrapper script failed to protect wildcards in
command line arguments in some cases.
Bugzilla Report 31601.
* <cvstagdiff> crippled file names and could miss some entries if
multiple modules have been specified.
Bugzilla Report 35301.
* Tasks with a "public void add(SomeType)" method failed to work as
TaskContainers at the same time.
Bugzilla Report 41647.
* Tasks that implementes DynamicElemen or DynamicElementNS failed to
work as TaskContainers at the same time.
Bugzilla Report 41647.
* combining SSL and authentication in <mail> and MailLogger failed in
some setups.
Bugzilla Report 46063.
* if an error occurs while logging the buildFinished event, the
original error is now logged to System.err.
Bugzilla Report 25086.
* <copy> failed with a NullPointerException when copying a resource
without a name. It will now fail with a meaningful error message.
Bugzilla Report 39960.
* <xslt> now uses the configured classpath to load the factory (when
using TraX) before falling back to Ant's own classpath.
Bugzilla Report 46172.
* <dependset> complained about files being modified in the future if
they had been just very recently (within Ant's assumed granularity
of the file system).
Bugzilla Report 43665.
* <sshexec> didn't store the ouput in outputproperty if the remote
command failed.
Bugzilla Report 46340.
* DirectoryScanner's slow-scanning algorithm that is used when you
ask for excluded or not-included files and/or directories could
miss some files and directories in the presence of recursive
exclude patterns.
* <sort> resource collection kept only one of entries deemed equal by
the chosen Comparator.
Bugzilla Report 46527.
* the ZipFile class used by <unzip> and others could leave the
archive open (making it undeletable on Windows as long as the java
VM was running) for files with an unexpected internal structure.
Bugzilla Report 46559.
* The zip package now supports the extra fields invented by InfoZIP
in order to store Unicode file names and comments.
* The zip package detects the encoding bit set by more modern
archivers when they write UTF-8 filenames and optionally sets it
when writing zips or jars.
Bugzilla Report 45548
* <sync> could run into a NullPointerException when faced with broken
symbolic links.
Bugzilla Report 46747.
* The ant shell script should now support MSYS/MinGW as well.
Bugzilla Report 46936.
* <signjar> has a new force attribute that allows re-signing of jars
that are already signed.
Bugzilla Report 46891.
* <sshexec> now again honors failonerror in the face of connection
Bugzilla Report 46829.
* The <replacetokens> filter threw an exception if the stream to
filter ended with a begin token.
Bugzilla Report 47306.
* <scriptmapper>, <scriptfilter> and <scriptcondition> didn't support
the setbeans attribute.
Bugzilla Report 47336.
* <loadproperties>' encoding attribute didn't work.
Bugzilla Report 47382.
* Ant created tar archives could contain random bytes at the end
which confused some untar implementations.
Bugzilla Report 47421.
* various places where unchecked PrintWriters could hide exceptions
have been revisited to now check the error status or not use a
PrintWriter at all.
Bugzilla Report 43537.
* filesetmanifest="mergewithoutmain" in <jar> didn't treat inline
manifests as expected.
Bugzilla Report 29731.
* <record> didn't work properly with nested builds.
Bugzilla Report 41368.
* <jar> with filesetmanifest different from skip didn't work if the
update attribute has been set to true.
Bugzilla Report 30751.
* The default stylesheets for <junitreport> failed to properly escape
XML content in exception stack traces.
Bugzilla Report 39492.
* AntClassLoader didn't set the proper CodeSource for loaded classes.
Bugzilla Report 20174.
* AntClassLoader.getResourceAsStream would return streams to
resources it didn't return with getResource and to classes it
failed to load.
Bugzilla Report 44103.
* Logging exceptions without a message would cause a
Bugzilla Report 47623.
* WeblogicDeploymentTool could fail on platforms with a file
separator other than "/".
Bugzilla Report 35649.
* The update attribute of the modified selector was ignored.
Bugzilla Report 32597.
* <manifest> and <jar> can now merge Class-Path attributes from
multiple sources and optionally flatten them into a single
The default behaviour still is to keep multiple Class-Path
attributes if they have been specified and to only include the
attributes of the last merged manifest.
Bugzilla Report 39655.
* <delete> didn't work correctly with a <modified> selector because
it was scanning the same filesets more than once.
Bugzilla Report 43574.
* when using custom filterreaders with the <filterreader classname="">
syntax Ant could leak memory.
The problem didn't occur when using <typedef> or <componentdef> to
define the filterreader which is the recommended approach.
Bugzilla Report 45439.
* Ant didn't set the proper "magic" value for tar entries containing
long file names in GNU longfile mode.
Bugzilla Report 47653.
* The tar task failed to recognize that the archive had to be
(re-)created in some cases where the sources are filesystem based
resources but not filesets.
Bugzilla Report 48035.
* <sshexec>'s outputproperty was prefixed by the executed command
when the command attribute has been used, breaking backwards
compatibility to Ant 1.7.0.
Bugzilla Report 48040.
* different task instances of the same <scriptdef>ed tasks could
overwrite each others attributes/nested elements.
Bugzilla Report 41602.
* The Hashvalue algortihm implementation of the modified task could
fail to read the file(s) completely.
Bugzilla Report 48313.
Other changes:
* The get task now also follows redirects from http to https
Bugzilla Report 47433
* A HostInfo task was added performing information on hosts, including info on
the host ant is running on.
Bugzilla Reports 45861 and 31164.
* There is now a FileProvider interface for resources that act as a source
of filenames. This should be used by tasks that require resources
to provide filenames, rather than require that all resources
are instances or subclasses of FileResource.
Bugzilla Report 43348
* There is now a URLProvider interface for resources that act as a
source of URLs. This should be used by tasks that require resources
to provide URLs, rather than require that all resources are
instances or subclasses of URLResource.
* Fixcrlf now gives better error messages on bad directory attributes.
Bugzilla Report 43936
* a new property ant.project.default-target holds the value of the
current <project>'s default attribute.
* a new property ant.project.invoked-targets holds a comma separated
list of the targets that have been specified on the command line
(the IDE, an <ant> task ...) when invoking the current project.
* The <type> resource selector has had an "any" type added for better
* Ant should detect the OS as both a Mac and a Unix system when
running on OpenJDK.
Bugzilla Report 44889.
* new protected getConnection and getStatement methods allow
subclasses of SQLExec more control - or access to the cached
instances when overriding other methods like runStatements.
Bugzilla Report 27178.
* <sql> has a new failOnConnectionError attribute that can be used to
keep a build going even if the task failed to connect to the
Bugzilla Report 36712.
* A new attribute strictDelimiterMatching can be used to ignore case
or whitespace differences when <sql> searches for delimiters.
This is useful if you execute a SQL script that has contains "GO"
and "go" as delimiters.
Bugzilla Report 26459.
* A new showWarnings attribute of <sql> allows warnings to be logged.
Bugzilla Report 41836.
* A new treatWarningsAsErrors attribute of <sql> can be used to fail
a build if a warning occurs.
Bugzilla Report 41836.
* Ant now supports scoped properties (see Local task).
Bugzilla Report 23942.
* <sql>'s CSV output can be controlled via the new attributes
csvColumnSeparator and csvQuoteCharacter.
Bugzilla Report 35627.
* <ftp>'s logging has been improved.
Bugzilla Reports 30932, 31743.
* It is now possible to disable <ftp>'s remote verification.
Bugzilla Report 35471.
* <sshexec> now supports input in a way similar to <exec>
Bugzilla Report 39197.
* <scp> can now preserve the file modification time when downloading
Bugzilla Report 33939.
* the new task sshsession can run multiple tasks in the presence of
an SSH session providing (local and remote) tunnels.
Bugzilla Report 43083.
* ZipOutputStream has been sped up for certain usage scenarios that
are not used by Ant's family of zip tasks.
Bugzilla Report 45396.
* <echo> supports an "output" Resource attribute as an alternative to "file".
* <sql> "output" attribute now supports any Resource in addition to a file.
* <scp> no longer requires a passphrase when using key based
Bugzilla Report 33718.
* a new failOnEmptyArchive attribute on <unzip> and <untar> can now
make the task fail the build if it tries to extract an empty
* <unzip> and <untar> have a new attribute stripAbsolutePathSpec.
When set to true, Ant will remove any leading path separator from
the archived entry's name before extracting it (making the name a
relative file name).
Bugzilla Report 28911.
* <unzip> will now detect that it was asked to extract a file that is
not an archive earlier if the file is big.
Bugzilla Report 45463.
* New file and resource selectors <readable/> and <writable/> have
been added that select file which the current process can read or
Bugzilla Report 45081.
* The filename file selector has a new attribute regex that allows
files to be selected by matching their names against a regular
Bugzilla Report 45284
* The name resource selector has a new attribute regex that allows
resources to be selected by matching their names against a regular
Bugzilla Report 45284
* Enhanced performance of Project.fireMessageLoggedEvent and DirectoryScanner
Bugzilla Reports 45651 and 45665
* The package list location for offline links can now be specified as
an URL.
Bugzilla Report 28881
* <echoxml> now supports XML namespaces.
Bugzilla Report 36804.
* A new listener for <junit> has been added that tries to invoke the
tearDown method of a TestCase if that TestCase was run in a forked
VM and the VM crashed or a timeout occured. See the <junit> task's
manual page for details.
Bugzilla Report 37241.
* The Jar task now supports the addition of a jar index file in update mode.
Previously the absence of the index was not enough to trigger the rebuild;
some other update was necessary.
Bugzilla report 45098.
* <ant> has a new attribute "useNativeBasedir" that makes the child
build use the same basedir it would have used if invoked from the
command line. No matter what other attributes/properties have been
Bugzilla Report 45711.
* <patch> has a new optional failOnError attribute.
Bugzilla Report 44772.
* Antlib descriptors will now be parsed by the configured
ProjectHelper if the implementation overrides the new
canParseAntlibDescriptor and parseAntlibDescriptor methods. If the
configured helper doesn't override the methods, a new instance of
ProjectHelper2 will be used just like in Ant 1.7.1.
Bugzilla Report 42208.
* It is now possible to explicitly set the executable used by
Bugzilla Report 39189.
* <compositemapper>'s order of results is now predictable.
Bugzilla Report 44873
* a new <firstmatchmapper> has been added, which works similar to
<compositemapper> but only returns the results of the first nested
mapper that matches.
Bugzilla Report 44873
* <get> has a new maxtime attribute that terminates downloads that
are taking too long.
Bugzilla Report 45181.
* <ftp> now supports selectors for remote directories as well.
Bugzilla Report 44726.
* In some cases Ant fails to rename files if the source or target
file has just recently been closed on Windows. It will now try to
delete the offending file once again after giving the Java VM time
to really close the file.
Bugzilla Report 45960.
* two new properties can be used to set the MIME-Type and charset
used by MailLogger.
Bugzilla Report 27211.
* a new attribute of <mail> allows the task to succeed if it can
reach at least one given recipient.
Bugzilla Report 36446.
* two new properties allow MailLogger to send a fixed text instead of
the log file.
Bugzilla Report 38029.
* <cvsversion> is supposed to support CVSNT now.
Bugzilla Report 31409.
* <cvs>' port attribute should now work for all clients that use the
environment variable CVS_PSERVER_PORT instead of the "official"
Bugzilla Report 30124.
* <cvsversion> now works for local repositories as well.
* <cvstagdiff> has an option to ignore removed files now.
Bugzilla Report 26257.
* <cvs> and friends now support modules with spaces in their names
via nested <module> elements.
* A new attribute "ignoreEmpty" controls how <concat> deals when
there are no resources to concatenate. If it is set to false, the
destination file will be created regardless, which reinstates the
behavior of Ant 1.7.0.
Bugzilla Report 46010.
* If the new remote attribute is set to true, <cvschangelog> can now
work against a remote repository without any working copy.
Bugzilla Report 27419.
* start and end tags can now be used instead of dates in
Bugzilla Report 27419.
* MailLogger and <mail> can now optionally enable support for
Bugzilla Report 46063.
* <import> has new attributes "as" and "prefixSeparator" that can be
used to control the prefix prepended to the imported targets'
* a new task <include> provides an alternative to <import> that
should be preferred when you don't want to override any targets.
* delete has a new attribute removeNotFollowedSymlink. If set to
true, symbolic links not followed (because followSymlinks was false
or the number of symlinks was too big) will be removed.
Bugzilla Report 36658.
* the os and osfamily attributes of <chown>, <chgrp>, <chmod> and
<attrib> can now be used to run the commands on operating systems
other than their "native" environment, i.e. non-Unix or non-Windows
operating systems respectively.
Bugzilla Report 7624.
* a new resource collection <mappedresources> generalizes the prefix
and fullpath attributes of <zipfileset> to arbitrary mappers that
can be applied to arbitrary resource collections.
Bugzilla Report 4240.
* <tarfileset> and <zipfileset> have a new attribute
errorOnMissingArchive that allows "optional" filesets that don't
break the build if the archive doesn't exist.
Bugzilla Report 46091.
* <javadoc> has new attributes that correspond to the
-docfilessubdirs and -excludedocfilessubdir command line arguments.
Bugzilla Report 34455.
* <xslt> now fails early if a specified stylesheet doesn't exist.
Bugzilla Report 34525.
* <xslt> now has an option to supress transformer warnings. This
option only has an effect for processors that support this feature;
the "trax" processor included with Ant does support it.
Bugzilla Report 18897.
* <xslt> has two new attributes failOnError and
failOnTransformationError that can be used to not make the build
process proceed if an error occurs.
Bugzilla Report 36260.
* <xslt> has a new attribute failOnNoResources that can be used to
make the build fail/continue if the collection of resources to
transform is empty.
Bugzilla Report 46274.
* It is now possible to define system properties that should be set
during xslt's transformation. This can be used to enable XInclude
processing in Xerces, for example.
Bugzilla Report 36653.
* a new resource collection <archives> can be used to specify
collections of ZIP and TAR archives as sources. It extracts them on
the fly. This is a generalization of the <zipgroupfileset> found
as nested element of <zip> and friends.
Bugzilla Report 46257.
* <dependset> has a new verbose attribute that makes the task list
all deleted targets and give a hint as to why it deleted them.
Bugzilla Report 13681.
* <replaceregexp> now supports arbitrary filesystem based resource
Bugzilla Report 46341.
* <replace> now supports arbitrary filesystem based resource
Bugzilla Report 24062.
* token and value of <replace>'s nested <replacefilter> can now also
be specified as nested elements to allow multiline content more
Bugzilla Report 39568.
* <replace> and <replaceregexp> can now optionally preserve the file
timestamp even if the file is modified.
Bugzilla Report 39002.
* The <replace> child-elements <replacetoken> and <replacevalue> have
a new attribute that controls whether properties in nested text get
Bugzilla Report 11585.
* <replace> has a new attribute failOnNoReplacements that makes the
build fail if the task didn't do anything.
Bugzilla Report 21064.
* <sync>'s <preserveInTarget> has a new attribute that controls
whether empty directories should be kept.
Bugzilla Report 43159.
* ant -diagnostics now checks that it can read as much from the
temporary directory as it has written. This may help detecting a
full filesystem.
Bugzilla Report 32676.
* <pathconvert> has a new preserveduplicates attribute--historically
these were eliminated in the interest of behaving in the manner
of a "path."
* <javac>'s source and target attributes are no longer ignored when
using gcj.
Bugzilla Issue 46617.
* ant -diagnostics now outputs information about the default XSLT
Bugzilla Issue 46612.
* the ZIP library will now ignore ZIP extra fields that don't specify
a size.
Bugzilla Report 42940.
* CBZip2OutputStream now has a finish method separate from close.
Bugzilla Report 42713.
* the <zip> and <unzip> family of tasks has new options to deal with
file name and comment encoding. Please see the zip tasks'
documentation for details.
* <input ...><handler type="secure" /></input> now uses previously
undocumented SecureInputHandler shipped with Ant 1.7.1.
* Command line arguments for <exec> and similar tasks can now have
optional prefix and suffix attributes.
Bugzilla Report 47365
* <apply>'s srcfile and targetfile child elements can now have
optional prefix and suffix attributes.
Bugzilla Report 45625
* <jar> has a new attribute to enable indexing of META-INF
directories which is disabled for backwards compatibility reasons.
Bugzilla Report 47457
* <apt>'s executable attribute can be used to specify a different
Bugzilla Report 46230.
* <rmic>'s new executable attribute can be used to specify a
different executable.
Bugzilla Report 42132.
* <javac>, <rmic>, <javah> and <native2ascii> now provide a nested
element to specify a classpath that will be used when loading the
task's (compiler) adapter class.
Bugzilla Report 11143.
* <javac>, <rmic>, <javah> and <native2ascii> now provide a nested
element to specify the task's (compiler) adapter as an instance of
a class that has been defined via typedef/componentdef. This
allows more control over the classpath and allows adapters to be
defined in Antlibs easily.
* A new subclass of
AntClassLoader has been added which overrides getResources
which became non-final in ClassLoader with Java5+ so
this method now behaves as expected.
The new subclass will be used by Ant internally if it is available
and Ant is running on Java5 or more recent.
Bugzilla Report 46752.
* a new attributes can chose a different request method than GET for
the http condition.
Bugzilla Report 30244
* <splash> now supports a configurable display text and a regular
expression based way to determine progress based on logged messages.
Bugzilla Report 39957.
* the number of retries on error in <get> is now configurable. <get>
can be told to not download files that already exist locally.
Bugzilla Report 40058.
* Ant now builds against commons-net 2.0 as well.
Bugzilla Report 47669.
* A new nested element connectionProperty of <sql> allows setting of
arbitrary JDBC connection properties.
Bugzilla Report 33452.
* A new islastmodified condition can check the last modified date of
* <rmic> has a new destDir attribute that allows generated files to
be written to a different location than the original classes.
Bugzilla Report 20699.
* <rmic> has a new listfiles attribute similar to the existing one of
Bugzilla Report 24359.
* It is now possible to suppress the "FAILED" lines sent to Ant's
logging system via <junit>'s new logFailedTests attribute.
Bugzilla Report 35073.
* <propertyfile> now can delete entries.
* The <resources> resource collection can now optionally cache its
* A new <resourceexists> condition can check whether resources exists.
* <sql> has two new attributes errorproperty and warningproperty that
can be set if an error/warning occurs.
Bugzilla Report 38807.
* <sql> has a new attribute rowcountproperty that can be used to set
a property to the number of rows affected by a task execution.
Bugzilla Report 40923.
* when Ant copies files without filtering, it will now use NIO
Bugzilla Report 30094.
* <get> has a new attribute that can be used to disable caching on
HTTP connections at the HttpUrlConnection level.
Bugzilla Report 41891.
* <tar> and <zip> (and tasks derived from <zip>) will now create the
parent directory of the destination archive if it doesn't exist.
Bugzilla Report 45377.
* A new filterreader <sortfilter> that sorts input lines has been
Bugzilla Report 40504.
* A new token filter <uniqfilter> that suppresses tokens that match
their ancestor token has been added.
* <rootfileset>s nested into <classfileset>s can now use a dir
attribute different from the <classfileset>.
Bugzilla Report 37763.
* <path> can now optionally cache its contents.
* <property> can now specify values as nested text.
Bugzilla Report 32917.
* a new parentFirst attribute on <javaresource> allows resources to
be loaded from the specified classpath rather than the system
Bugzilla Report 41369.
* <property location="from" basedir="to" relative="true"/> can now
calculate relative paths.
* The <name> selector supports a new handleDirSep attribute that
makes it ignore differences between / and \ separators.
Bugzilla Report 47858.
* <get> now supports resource collections (as long as the resources
contained provide URLs) and can get multiple resources in a single
* <import> can now import non-File resources if they provide an URL
- as the <url> and <javaresource> resources do.
Bugzilla Report 29251
* <import> can now import multiple resources specified as resource
Bugzilla Report 22269.
* a new <resourcelist> type is similar to <filelist> but can read the
list of resources from non-file resources and may return resources
that are not files.
* a new filterreader appendtolines complements prefixlines.
* a new top level element extension-point allows build files to be
extended with custom targets more easily.
Changes from Ant 1.7.0 TO Ant 1.7.1
Changes that could break older environments:
* String resources only have properties single expanded. If you relied on
<string> resources being expanded more than once, it no longer happens.
Bugzilla report 42277.
* A String resource's encoding attribute was only taken into account when
set from the resource's OutputStream; the InputStream provided the String's
binary content according to the platform's default encoding. Behavior has
been modified to encode outgoing (InputStream) content as well as encoding
incoming (OutputStream) content.
* <java> with fork now returns gives -1 instead of 0 as result when failonerror
is false and some exception (including timeout) occurs. Br 42377.
* ant-type attribute has been marked as deprecated and a warning has been
issued if it is encountered in the build file.
Fixed bugs:
* The default logger was failing to print complete stack traces for exceptions
other than BuildException, thus omitting often important diagnostic
information. Bugzilla 43398.
* Error in FTP task
Bugzilla report 41724
* Regression: Locator fails with URI encoding problem when spaces in path
Bugzilla report 42222
* Regression in Locator: running Ant off a network share does not work:
message "URI has authority component" appears
Bugzilla report 42275
* Improvements in AntClassLoader Speed.
Bugzilla report 42259
* Error in handling of some permissions, most notably the AllPermission on
jdk 1.5
Bugzilla report 41776
* Replace task summary output incorrect.
Bugzilla report 41544
* Dependset crashes ant when timestamp on files change during Dependset
Bugzilla report 41284
* Bug in
Bugzilla report 41411
* <junit> in Ant 1.7.0 could throw NPE if no <classpath> was defined.
Bugzilla report 41422.
* In Ant 1.7.0, <fileset> in <javadoc> does not by default include only
**/*.java as the documentation claims and earlier revisions did.
Bugzilla report 41264.
* SPI support in jar was broken.
Bugzilla report 41201.
* jsch-0.1.30 causes SCP task to hang
Bugzilla report 41090.
* Target from imported file listed twice in projecthelp.
Bugzilla report 41226.
* <sql> task double-expands properties if expandproperties is true,
and expands properties if expandproperties is false.
Bugzilla report 41204.
* Rolling back Bugzilla 32927 (set a default description for a javadoc tag
if not set) as it caused a BC problem.
Bugzilla report 41268.
* <apt> forks properly and so memory settings are picked up.
Bug report 41280.
* Regression: NPE was thrown when using <pathconvert> against a
(third-party instantiated) fileset with null Project reference.
* Strip out all -J arguments to non forking rmic adapters, specifically
the Sun and Weblogic compilers.
Bug report 41349
* Synchonization issues in PropertyHelper. Bugzilla 41353.
* <concat binary="true" append="true"> did not append. Bugzilla 41399.
* -autoproxy turns Java1.5+ automatic proxy support on. Bugzilla 41904
* Handle null result of system getProperty(). Bugzilla 42334.
* Regression: concat fixlastline="true" should not have applied to
nested text, but did in Ant 1.7.0. Bugzilla 42369.
* Regression: ant.version was not passed down in <ant>, <subant>.
This worked in Ant 1.6.5, but not in 1.7.0.
ant.core.lib (added in 1.7.0) was also not being propagated.
Bugzilla bug 42263
* Regression: bzip2 task created corrupted output files for some inputs.
Bugzilla bug 41596.
* Regression: <available> with <filepath> did not work.
Bugzilla 42735.
* ant script, cd may output to stdout.
Bugzilla 42739.
* Modified selector doesn't update the cache if only one file has changed.
Bugzilla 42802.
* Regression: Path subclasses that overrode list() stopped working in
resourceCollection contexts in Ant 1.7.0. Bugzilla 42967.
* <property> supports loading from xml based property definition.
Bugzilla 42946
* <junit> supports collecting and rerunning failed test cases
(textXXX methods). Bugzilla 42984.
* War task failed with "No WEB-INF/web.xml file was added" when called
a second time. Bugzilla 43121.
* FilterMapper could throw an NPE.
Bugzilla 43292.
* Regession nested macrodefs with elements could cause StackOverFlow.
Bugzilla 43324.
* Some changes to <junit> broke third party tasks that extend it (like
Apache Cactus' Ant task). The changes have been modified so that
subclases should now work again - without any changes to the
Other changes:
* Various small optimizations speed up common tasks such as <javac> on large
filesets, reducing both I/O and CPU usage.
* Profiling logger has been added with basic profiling capabilities.
* <script> now has basic support for JavaFX scripts
* SSH task can now take a command parameter containing the commands to execute.
This allows you to connect to a server and execute a number of commands
without constantly reconnecting for each command.
* Upgraded XML API to XML commons version 1.3.04.
* Upgraded to Xerces 2.9.0
* <script> can now work with bsf.jar and js.jar in its <classpath>.
* add errorProperty and updatedProperty to <javac>
Bugzilla 35637 and 28941.
* add classpathref attribute to <whichresource>
Bugzilla 41158.
* reduce logging noise of <apply skipemptyfilesets="true">
Bugzilla 29154
* Show Previous Revision in the tagdiff.xsl stylesheet
Bugzilla 29143
* Allow <mapper refid> to refer directly to a FileNameMapper instance.
* If you try and use a type in a namespace (or an antlib), and the type is not
recognized but there are other definitions in that namespace, Ant lists what
the known definitions are. This helps you find spelling errors.
* Add a <last> resource collection, corresponding to <first>.
* Add new <truncate> task.
* <junitreport> xsl stylesheets allow setting the title used in <title> and <h1> tags by
using <report><param> element. Bugzilla 41742.
* Add IgnoreDependenciesExecutor for weird cases when the user wants to run
only the targets explicitly specified.
* Patternset allows nested inverted patternsets using <invert>.
* <manifest> checks for validity of attribute names.
* JUnitVersionHelper.getTestCaseClassName is now public. Bugzilla 42231
* <string> resource supports nested text. Bugzilla bug 42276
* <scriptdef> now sources scripts from nested resources/resource collections. This lets you
define scripts in JARs, remote URLs, or any other supported resource. Bugzilla report 41597.
* <concat> is now usable as a single-element ResourceCollection.
* It is now possible to provide the value of a <striplinecomments> filter's
<comment> nested element as nested text instead of using the 'value'
* A new logger, BigProjectLogger, lists the project name with every target
* Default text added to macrodef. Bugzilla report 42301.
* "rawblobs" attribute added to SQL task.
* Add new retry task container.
* <jar> has a new strict attribute that checks if the jar complies with
the jar packaging version specification.
* <javac> has a new attribute - includeDestClasses.
Bugzilla 40776.
* <fileset> has a new attribute - errorOnMissingDir.
Bugzilla 11270.
* <javac> handles files, there were repeatedly compiled.
Bugzilla 43114.
* SecureInputHandler added to use Java 6 System.console().readPassword()
when available.
Changes from Ant 1.6.5 to Ant 1.7.0
Changes that could break older environments:
* Initial support for JDK 6 (JSR 223) scripting.
<*script*> tasks will now use javax.scripting if BSF is
not available, or if explicitly requested by using
a "manager" attribute.
* Removed launcher classes from nodeps jar.
* <classconstants> filter reader uses ISO-8859-1 encoding to read
the java class file. Bugzilla report 33604.
* Defer reference process. Bugzilla 36955, 34458, 37688.
This may break build files in which a reference was set in a target which was
never executed. Historically, Ant would set the reference early on, during parse
time, so the datatype would be defined. Now it requires the reference to have
been in a bit of the build file which was actually executed. If you get
an error about an undefined reference, locate the reference and move it somewhere
where it is used, or fix the depends attribute of the target in question to
depend on the target which defines the reference/datatype.
As a result of testing on real live build scripts, a fall-back mechanism
was put it place to allow references that are out-of-band to be resolved. If
this happens a big warning message is logged. This fall-back mechanism will
be removed in Ant 1.8.0.
* <script> and <scriptdef> now set the current thread context.
* Unrestrict the dbvendor names in the websphere element of the ejbjar task.
Bugzilla Report 40475.
* <env> nested element in <java>, <exec> and others is now case-insensitive
for windows OS. Bugzilla Report 28874.
* Removed support for xalan1 completely. Users of Xalan1 for Ant builds will
have to stay at ant 1.6.5 or upgrade to xalan2.
* Use org.apache.log4j.Logger instead of org.apache.log4j.Category.
Category has been deprecated for ~2 years and has been removed from
the log4j code. Logger was introduced in log4j 1.2 so users of
log4j 1.1 and log4j 1.0 need to upgrade to a newer version of log4j.
Bugzilla Report 31951.
* build.sysclasspath now also affects the bootclasspath handling of
spawned Java VMs. If you set build.sysclasspath to anything other
than "ignore" (or leave it unset, since "ignore" is the default when
it comes to bootclasspath handling), then the bootclasspath of the
VM running Ant will be added to the bootclasspath you've specified.
* The <java fork="false"> now as per default installs a security manager
using the default permissions. This is now independent of the
failonerror attribute. Bugzilla report 33361.
* <signjar> now notices when the jar and signedjar are equal, and switches
to the same dependency logic as when signedjar is omitted. This may break
something that depended upon signing in this situation. However, since
invoking the JDK jarsigner program with -signedjar set to the source jar
actually crashes the JVM on our (Java1.5) systems, we don't think any
build files which actually worked will be affected by the change.
* <signjar> used to ignore a nested fileset when a jar was also provided as an
attribute, printing a warning message; now it signs files in the fileset.
* An improved method of handling timestamp granularity differences between
client and server was added to the <ftp> task. FTP servers typically
have HH:mm timestamps whereas local filesystems have HH:mm:ss timestamps.
Previously, this required tweaking with the timediffmillis attribute
which also was used to handle timezone differences. Now, there is a new
timestampgranularity attribute. The default value for get operations is 0
since the user has the more powerful preservelastmodified attribute to work
with. Since this is not available on put operations the default value
adds a minute to the server timestamp in order to account for this,
Scripts which previously used timediffmillis to do this compensation may
need to be rewritten. timediffmillis has now been deprecated.
* Support for the XSL:P XML parser has been removed.
Bugzilla Report 23455.
* Visual Age for Java optional tasks removed as the required library is no
longer available.
* Testlet (test) optional task removed as the required library is no
longer available.
* IContract optional task removed as the required library is no
longer available.
* Metamata (maudit, mmetrics, and mparse tasks) removed as the required
library is no longer available.
* Sitraka (jpcoverage, jpcovmerge, jpcovreport) tasks suppressed as the
required library is no longer available.
* <fixcrlf> used \r (Mac) line endings on OS X, whose proper line separator
is \n (Unix). Bugzilla report 39585.
* <scp> now optionally supports the sftp protocol, you may need a
newer jsch.jar. Bugzilla Report 39373.
* Ant launcher program prints errors to stderr, and exits with a 2 exit code
value if, for any reason, it cannot actually start Ant proper. This will only
affect programs/scripts that called the launcher and which did not want to
receive an error if Ant itself would not start
* All .NET tasks are now deprecated in favor of the new .NET Antlib:
Fixed bugs:
* Directory deletion did not work properly.
Bugzilla 40972.
* docletpath attribute of javadoc was ignored.
Bugzilla 40900.
* Fixed incorrect recursion in DOMUtil.listChildNodes().
Bugzilla 40918.
* CompressedResource.compareTo() did not
take comparison with another CompressedResource into account.
Bugzilla 40949.
* Avoid possible NPE in
Bugzilla 40847.
* regression in attribute prefix (+ others) for refid in zipfileset and tarfileset.
Bugzilla 41004, 30498.
* dependset failed if the basedir of a target fileset did not exist.
Bugzilla 40916.
* Recursive filtering encountered NullPointerExceptions under certain
circumstances. Bugzilla 41086.
* XmlProperty overrides previously set property value when handling duplicate
elements. Bugzilla 41080.
* Having many tasks causes OOM. Bugzilla 41049.
* Regression: <path> was evaluating nested content only once, so that it could
not e.g. pick up files that didn't exist the first time through.
Bugzilla 41151.
* OOM caused by IH holding on to classes and thus their classloaders.
Bugzilla 28283 and 33061.
* <delete> doesnt delete when defaultexcludes="false" and no includes is set
fixed. Bugzilla 40313.
* Behavior change of DirectoryScanner/AbstractFileset when conditional include
patterns are used. Bugzilla 40722.
* <javac> fails with NPE when compiling with eclipse ecj 3.1.x.
Bugzilla 40839.
* JUnitTestRunner had a NPE when unable to create parser, the exception
containing the error did not get reported. Bugzilla 36733.
* <checksum> with file and todir option failed. Bugzilla report 37386.
* <path location="loc"> was broken (Regression from beta1).
Bugzilla report 40547.
* Nested fileset in <cab> did not work. Bugzilla report 39439.
* The ant wrapper script should now correctly locate the java
executable in more recent IBM JDKs for AIX as well.
* URLResource did not close jar files, and also did not disconnect HTTPConnection (s).
* Error calling junitreport. Bugzilla 40595.
* <junittask/> created junitvmwatcher*.properties files but did not close and delete them.
* <xmlproperty> did not create properties for empty leaf elements.
Bugzilla report 26286.
* UnknownElement.maybeConfigure always configured.
Bugzilla report 40641.
* No check for refid when prefix attribute is set in zipfileset.
Bugzilla report 30498.
* Fix for junit4 issue introduced since beta2.
Bugzilla report 40682.
* Error in duplicate project name with <import> and <antcall>.
Bugzilla report 39920.
* junit4 did not work with fork=no and junit4 in $ANT_HOME/lib.
Bugzilla report 40697.
* PathConvert on Windows should process forward and back slashes equivalently.
Bugzilla report 32884.
* ant.bat now looks in %USERPROFILE% and %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH% in addition to
%HOME% for pre/post batch files. Bugzilla report 39298.
* The inheritance hierarchy of the legacy <path> type was changed; code built
against Ant 1.7 would therefore no longer execute on older versions of Ant.
Since <path> is historically heavily used this was undesirable, and since it
is also avoidable, the change to <path>'s taxonomy was reverted.
* <zip filesonly="true"> included empty directories. Bugzilla report 40258.
* Invalid hash code of Target causes XmlLogger to fail.
Bugzilla report 40207.
* Macro element did not include top level Text. Bugzilla report 36803.
* AntClassLoader did not isolate resources when isolate was set. Bugzilla report 38747.
* Diagnostics broken when using java 1.4. Bugzilla report 40395.
* Exception reporting in <copy> was broken. Bugzilla report 40300.
* Handling of corrupt tar files, never returns EOF.
Bugzilla report 39924.
* Some bugs in ReaderInputStream. Bugzilla report 39635.
* <antlr> did not recognise whether the target is up-to-date for html option.
Bugzilla report 38451.
* Documented minimal version of jsch now 0.1.29.
Bugzilla report 40333.
* <available> searched parent directories for files.
Bugzilla report 37148.
* The build could be halted if a file path contained more ".." components than
the actual depth of the preceding path. Now such paths are left
alone (meaning they will likely be treated as nonexistent
files). Bugzilla Report 40281.
* Converting a <dirset> to a string was broken. Bugzilla Report 39683.
* Manifests have improved line length handling, taking care of encoding.
Bug reports 37548 / 34425.
* <manifest> now closes the inputstream explicitly. Bug report 39628.
* <rpm> now also correctly searches the first element of the path.
Bug report 39345.
* ant.bat now handles classpath set to "". Bug report 38914.
* <junit> now supports JUnit 4. Bugzilla Report 38811.
* <junit> can now work with junit.jar in its <classpath>. Bugzilla
Report 38799.
* Some potential NullPointerExceptions, Bugzilla Reports 37765 and 38056.
* Problem when adding multiple filter files, Bugzilla Report 37341.
* Problem referencing jars specified by Class-Path attribute in manifest
of a ant task jar file, when this ant task jar file is located in
a directory with space, Bugzilla Report 37085.
* Backward incompatible change in ZipFileSet, Bugzilla Report 35824.
* Wrong replacement of file separator chars prevens junitbatchtest
from running correctly on files from a zipfileset. Bugzilla Report 35499.
* Calling close twice on ReaderInputStream gave a nullpointer exception.
Bugzilla Report 35544.
* Memory leak from IntrospectionHelper.getHelper(Class) in embedded
environments. Bugzilla Report 30162.
* Translate task does not remove tokens when a key is not found.
It logs a verbose message. Bugzilla Report 13936.
* Incorrect task name with invalid "javac" task after a "presetdef".
Bugzilla reports 31389 and 29499.
* <manifest> was not printing warnings about invalid manifest elements.
Bugzilla report 32190.
* <replace> got out of memory on large files (part of report 32566).
<replace> can now handle files as long as there is enough disk space
* Commandline.describeCommand() methods would attempt to describe
arguments even when none, other than the executable name, were present.
* Create signjar's helper ExecTask instance directly rather than by
typedef discovery mechanisms. Bugzilla report 33433.
* FileUtils.resolveFile() promised to return absolute files but
did not always do so.
* <ftp> failed to retrieve a file when the path towards the file contained
an element starting with . Bugzilla report 33770.
* "<rmic> always compiles on Java1.5" bugzilla report=33862. Fixed default
stub version to always be "compat", even on Java1.5+.
* The .NET compilation tasks failed if filenames given as references
contained spaces. Bugzilla Report 27170.
* SQL task would try access result sets of statements that didn't
return any, causing problems with Informix IDS 9.2 and IBM DB2 8.1
FixPak 6 (or later). Bugzilla Reports 27162 and 29954.
* Task.init() was called twice for most tasks. Bugzilla Report 34411.
* JavaTest testcases sometimes fail on windows. Bugzilla Report 34502.
* Targets with identical name work in imported project. Bugzilla Report 34566.
* DemuxOutputStream now uses a WeakHashMap to store the thread-stream mapping,
to avoid holding on to thread references after they terminate.
* <xmlvalidate> and <schemavalidate> create a new parser for every file in a
fileset, and so validate multiple files properly. Bugzilla Report 32791.
* <tar> / <untar> now accepts files upto 8GB, <tar> gives an error if larger
files are to be included. This is the POSIX size limit.
* <junitreport> removed line-breaks from stack-traces. Bugzilla
Report 34963.
* Off-by-one error in environment setup for execution under OpenVMS fixed.
* Bugzilla report 36171: -noclasspath crashes ant if no system
classpath is set.
* <pvcs> used wrong switch for retrieving revisions by label.
Bugzilla Report 36359.
* <sshexec> closed System.out, disabling output on second and subsequent
invocations. Bugzilla report 36302.
* <cvschangelog> was crashing with CVS versions >= 1.12.x due to change in
the date format. Bugzilla report 30962.
* The same IntrospectionHelper instance was continuously added as a listener
to project. Bugzilla report 37184.
* FileUtils.toURI() was not encoding non-ASCII characters to ASCII,
causing impossibility to process XML entities referenced by XML
documents in non ASCII paths. Bugzilla report 37348.
* > 1 ssh invocations to a given host would fail. Bugzilla report 36207.
* EmailTask was eating SMTP error messages. Bugzilla report 37547.
* PropertySet API setMapper(...) didn't properly set up the Mapper.
Bugzilla report 37760.
* Proper return code for ant.bat. Bugzilla report 13655.
* Project not set on ChainReaderHelpers used by the Redirector.
Bugzilla report 37958.
* Copy task would fail on locked (or otherwise uncopyable) files even if
failonerror set to false. Bugzilla report 38175.
* <junit> task did not print all the Test names when using forkmode='once'.
Bugzilla report 37426.
* <available> could leak resources, Bugzilla Report 38260.
* Redirector called Thread.sleep in a synchronized block. Bugzilla
report 37767.
* CCUnlock's objselect attribute could exhibit unpredictable behavior;
standardized improperly included objselect and objsel property accessors to
delegate to the inherited objSelect property accessor. Bugzilla report 37766.
* <unzip> and <untar> now correctly merge multiple nested patternsets.
Bugzilla Report 38973.
* On case-insensitive filesystems, a <move> to change filename case
erroneously deleted the "destination" file before attempting to rename
the source file. Bugzilla 37701.
* <scp> can now handle uris with @s other than the final one denoting the
domain. Bugzilla 38082.
* If the class invoked by the <java> task threw a ClassNotFoundException,
this was misinterpreted as the specified class itself not being found.
* <echoproperties> setPrefix javadoc claimed null or empty prefix would be
ignored; instead an error was thrown. Bugzilla report 39954.
* <get> would fetch files that were up to date, because it used > in a
remote/local timestamp comparison, not >=. Bugzilla 35607.
* <xslt> passes the current file (name + directory) to the
stylesheet/transformation. xsl-parameter name is configurable.
Bugzilla report 21042.
* The <zip> API allowed creation of directories in file-only archives; a
habitual offender was the subclassed <jar>, which included META-INF/ in
the destination file regardless of whether filesonly was set to true.
* <rmic> has a new adapter, xnew, to use the -XNew back end on java1.5+.
By forking rmic, this works on java1.6+. Bugzilla report 38732.
* Copy of UnknownElement in macroinstance was not recursive.
Bugzilla report 40238.
* Mixing of add and addConfigured methods in Mapper/ChainedMapper
causes incorrect chaining. Bugzilla report 40228.
Other changes:
* Warn user when a reference in the form "${refid}" cannot be resolved as this
is a sign they probably meant "refid" (misuse of property expansion syntax).
* Add dtd to javadoc for junit.
Bugzilla 40754.
* Add quiet attribute to loadfile/resource.
Bugzilla 38249.
* Make Locator#fromURI also append the drive letter when running under Windows
with JDK 1.3 or 1.2.
* Do not uppercase the drive letters systematically in FileUtils#normalize.
* Java 5 enumerations may now be used as values in XML attributes in place of
EnumeratedAttribute. Bugzilla 41058.
* Create a pom file for ant-testutil and add ant-testutil.jar to the ant
distribution. Bugzilla 40980.
* Roll back automatic proxy enabling on Java 1.5. It broke things like
Oracle JDBC drivers, and Ant itself on IBM's JVM on AIX, and didnt
seem to work to well the rest of the time.
To enable the feature, use the -autoproxy command line option.
* Upgraded XML API and parser to Xerces 2.8.1
* A code review of some threaded logic has tightened up the synchronization
of Watchdog, ExecuteWatchdog and ExecuteJava, which could reduce the occurence
of race conditions here, especially on Java1.5+.
* Allow broken reference build files. The defer reference processing would
break too many files - so allow them with a warning.
* Removed dependency on sun.misc.UUEncoder for UUMailer.
* Added regex attribute to the echoproperties task.
Bugzilla 40019.
* <war> task now allows you to omit the web.xml file. as this is optional
in the servlet 2.5 and Java EE 5 APIs. set needxmlfile="false" to
avoid a missing web.xml file from halting the build.
* Diagnostics catches and logs security exceptions when accessing system properties.
* <javadoc> useexternalfile now applies to all command line arguments
of javadoc. Bugzilla report 40852.
* javadoc/tag@description is now set to the name if description is
not specified. Bugzill report 32927.
* Some performance improvements, including Bugzilla report 25778.
* Add <matches> condition. Bugzilla report 28883.
* Extending JAR-Task for SPI. Bugzilla report 31520.
* Added <tokens> resource collection for convenient creation of string
resources from other resources' content. Inspired by Bugzilla 40504.
* Added <compare> resource selector to select resources based on the
results of their comparison to other resources.
* Added outputtoformatters attribute to <junit> to allow suppression
of noisey tests. Bugzilla report 12817.
* Log level of message 'Overriding previous definition of reference to'
set to Verbose. Bugzilla report 17240.
* Added setbeans attribute to <script> to allow <script>'s to be
run without referencing all references.
Bugzilla report 37688.
* Added classpath attribute and nested element to <script> to allow
the language jars to be specified in the build script.
Bugzilla report 29676.
* Trim the driver attribute on the <sql> task. Bugzilla report 21228.
* Allow (jar) files as well as directories to be given to jdepend.
Bugzilla report 28865.
* Convert SplashTask to use NOT sun internal classes.
Bugzilla report 35619.
* Made PatternSet#hasPatterns public to allow custom filesets access.
Bugzilla report 36772.
* Added searchparents attribute to <available>. Bugzilla report 39549.
* Tasks that don't extend Ant's Task class will now get the build file
location reflected into a method of the signature void setLocation(Location)
- if such a method exists.
* Remove needless synchronization in DirectoryScanner.
Bugzilla report 40237.
* Improved recursion detection for lines with multiple matches of same token
on a single line. Bugzilla report 38456.
* Task will now log correctly even if no project is set.
Bugzilla report 38458.
* Use alternative names for the command line arguments in javac. Bugzilla
Report 37546.
* The Reference class now has a project field that will get
used (if set) in preference to the passed in project, when
dereferencing the reference. Bugzilla Report 25777.
* On DOS and Netware, filenames beginning with a drive letter
and followed by a colon but with no directory separator following
the colon are no longer (incorrectly) accepted as absolute pathnames
by FileUtils.normalize() and FileUtils.isAbsolutePath(). Netware
volumes can still be specified without an intervening separator.
UNC pathnames on Windows must include a server and share name, i.e.
"\\a\b" to be considered valid absolute paths.
* A bug in SQLExec would prevent the execution of trailing,
non-semicolon-delimited statements. Bugzilla Report 37764.
* InputHandler implementations may now call InputRequest.getDefaultValue()
if they wish. The default handler uses this also. Bugzilla report 28621.
* Took in bugzilla report 39320, "Simple code cleanups"
* Improve compatibility with GNU Classpath and java versions prior to
1.5. Bugzilla 39027.
* ${ant.core.lib} may now be used to refer to the library containing the
Ant classes, for instance useful when compiling tasks.
* Minor performance improvements Bugzilla report 37777
* New task <manifestclasspath> converts a path into a property
suitable as the value for a manifest's Class-Path attribute.
* Fixed references to obsoleted CVS web site. Bugzilla Report 36854.
* Log fine-grained events at verbose level from JUnit. Bugzilla report 31885.
* <WsdlToDotnet> and <style> are now deprecated in favor of <wsdltodotnet> and
<xslt>, respectively. Bugzilla report 25832.
* <echoproperties> now (alphanumerically) sorts the property list
before echoing. Bugzilla report 18976.
* A new base class DispatchTask has been added to facilitate elegant
creation of tasks with multiple actions.
* Major revision of <wsdltodotnet>. Supports mono wsdl and the microsoft
wsdl run on mono, as well as most of the .NET WSE2.0 options. Extra
schemas (files or urls) can be named in the <schema> element.
Compilers can be selected using the compiler attribute, which defaults
to "microsoft" on windows, and "mono" on everything else.
* It is now possible to specify the pattern created/parsed by <checksum>.
Bugzilla Report 16539.
* Added a new "failall" value for the onerror attribute of <typedef>.
Bugzilla report 31685.
* unzip/unwar/unjar/untar now supports a nested mapper, which lets you unzip
in useful ways.
* Junit task -- display suite first.
Bugzilla report 31962.
* Added isSigned condition and signedselector selector
Bugzilla report 32126.
* Added preserveLastModified attribute to signjar task.
Bugzilla report 30987.
* Added <scriptcondition> condition, for inline scripted conditions
* Added <xor> condition for exclusive-or combining of nested conditions.
* Added <scriptselector> selector for scripted file selection
* ant -diagnostics lists contents of ${user.home}/.ant/lib , and
checks that the directory exists and is writeable.
* mail task accepts nested header element. Bugzilla report 24713.
* zip/jar/war/ear supports level attribute for deflate compression level.
Bugzilla report 25513.
* Added loginputstring attribute to the redirector type.
* Tighten security by sending storepass and keypass to signjar
via the input stream of the forked process.
* New task <schemavalidate> extends <xmlvalidate> with extra support
for XML Schema (XSD) files.
* <fixcrlf> supports a file attribute for easy fixup of a single file.
* New condition <parsersupports> which can look for XML parser feature or
property support in the parser Ant is using.
* fixcrlf can be used in a filterchain.
* <sync> has a new nested element <preserveInTarget> that can be used
to protect extra-content in the target directory. Bugzilla Report
* <signjar> now supports:
-nested filesets at the same time as the jar attribute
-a destDir attribute with the appropriate dependency logic, which
can be used with the jar attribute or nested filesets
-a mapper to permit filename remapping on signing
-tsaurl and tsacert attributes for timestamped JAR signing
-nested <sysproperty> elements, which can be used for proxy setup
and the like
* The linecontains and linecontainsregexp filterreaders now support a
negate attribute to select lines -not- containing specified text.
Bugzilla Report 34374.
* <os> condition adds "winnt" as a family which can be tested. This is
all windows platforms other than the Win9x line or Windows CE.
* <exec> (and hence, <apply> and any other derived classes) have an OsFamily
attribute, which can restrict execution to a single OS family.
* Added "backtrace" attribute to macrodef. Bugzilla report 27219.
* Ant main provides some diagnostics if it ever sees a -cp or -lib option,
as this is indicative of a script mismatch. Bugzilla report 34860
* <junitreport> prints a special message if supplied an empty XML File. This
can be caused by the test JVM exiting during a test, either via a
System.exit() call or a JVM crash.
* Project name is now used for *all* targets so one can write consistent import
build files. Bugzilla report 28444.
* New condition <typefound> that can be used to probe for the declaration
and implementation of a task, type, preset, macro, scriptdef, whatever.
As it tests for the implementation, it can be used to check for optional
tasks being available.
* Check for 1.5.* Ant main class. (weblogic.jar in classpath reports)
* New condition <isfailure> that tests the return-code of an executable. This
contains platform-specific logic and is better than comparing the result with
* Added initial support for Resource Collections, including the
resourcecount task.
* property attribute of pathconvert is now optional. If omitted the
result will be written to the log.
* New mapper, <scriptmapper>, supports scripted mapping of source files/strings
to destination strings.
* Add the echoxml task. This will echo nested XML to a file, with
the normal <?xml ?> processor instruction. UTF-8 encoding only; no-namespace
* Try to make subprojects of custom Project subclasses instances of the
same type. Bugzilla report 17901.
* <ssh> and <scp> support keyboard-interactive authentication now.
* <javadoc> now supports -breakiterator for custom doclets if Ant is
running on JSE 5.0 or higher. Bugzilla Report: 34580.
* New logger, TimestampedLogger, that prints the wall time that a build
finished/failed. Use with
* <junitreport> now generates pages alltests-errors.html and
alltests-fails.html, that list only the errors and failures, respectively.
Bugzilla Report: 36226
* New task <makeurl> that can turn a file reference into an absolute file://
url; and nested filesets/paths into a (space, comma, whatever) separated
list of URLs. Useful for RMI classpath setup, amongst other things.
* <xslt> now accepts nested FileNameMappers e.g. <globmapper>.
Bugzilla report 37604.
* New task <loadresource> that accompanies <loadfile> for non file resources.
* <echo> now supports an encoding when saving to a file.
* New GreedyInputHandler added.
* Add textfile attribute to the <filesmatch> condition. When true, the text
contents of the two files are compared, ignoring line ending differences.
* New <resourcesmatch> condition.
* Added the onmissingfiltersfile attribute to filterset. Bugzilla report 19845.
* Added the inline handler element to the input task.
* <sql> supports property expansion if you set the expandProperties
attribute. By default it does not expand properties, something we
dare not change for fear of breaking complex SQL operations in
existing files.
* <javadoc>'s packagenames attribute is now optional and defaults to "*".
* <javac>'s source and target attributes as well as <javadoc>'s source
attribute will read default values from the properties and
* Handling of ' ', '#' in CLASSPATH and '#' in -lib (cannot use ' '
in -lib on UNIX at the moment). Bugzilla Report 39295.
* <scp> now optionally supports the sftp protocol. Bugzilla Report 39373.
* Resources can now be used to indicate the location of the stylesheet to use
in <xslt>. Bugzilla Report 39407.
* New <antversion> condition. Bugzilla report 32804.
* ReplaceTokens should allow properties files. Bugzilla report 39688.
* FTP Account could not be specified in ant FTP task. Bugzilla report 39720.
* Minor performance updates. Bugzilla report 39565.
* New deleteonexit attribute for the <tempfile> task. Bugzilla report 39842.
Remember that the exit of the JVM can be a long time coming,
especially under an IDE. Don't rely on this being called.
* <scriptdef>-created scripts have support for nested text. All text
passed to a scripted task can be accessed via self.text.
* <fixcrlf> now supports an outputencoding attribute. Bugzilla report 39697.
* <junitreport> now supports nested XSL parameters. Bugzilla report 39708.
* <javacc> has a jdkversion attribute to pass the desired JDK version
down to javacc. Bugzilla report 38715.
* <cvs> prints passfile info at -verbose level instead of -info. Bugzilla
report 35268
* When <javac> can't find the compiler class, it prints out java.home for
immediate diagnostics
* Ant launcher now supports a -main attribute so that you can specify
an extension class to the built in
class. This class must implement the interface AntMain
Changes from Ant 1.6.4 to Ant 1.6.5
Changes that could break older environments:
Fixed bugs:
* <move> was unable to replace existing files or write into
existing directories. Bugzilla report 34962.
* <macrodef> with redefined default values was incorrect. (Fix for
31215 had a bug). Bugzilla report 35109.
* <javadoc> will convert backslashes to forwardslashes when generating file
list by useexternalfile. Bugzilla report 27814.
Changes from Ant 1.6.3 to Ant 1.6.4
Changes that could break older environments:
* <ftp> task has had a number of changes. Uptodate calculation previously
did not call a file uptodate if the source timestamp and the destination
timestamp were equal. Bugzilla report 34941. Any script that attempted
to compensate for this by using the timediffmillis attribute might need
to be tweaked.
Fixed bugs:
* Sun javah failed with java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError.
Bugzilla report 34681.
* DirectoryScanner.slowScan() was broken. Bugzilla report 34722.
* DirectoryScanner.scan() could throw a NullPointerException on
case-insensitive filesystems (read Windows or MacOS X).
* Get w/authentication failed with ArrayOutOfBoundsExceptions.
Bugzilla report 34734.
* Granularity attribute for <sync> task was undocumented.
Bugzilla report 34871.
* <unzip> and <untar> could leave file handles open on invalid
archives. Bugzilla report 34893.
* propertyset threw NPE with nested, mapped propertysets.
Other changes:
* AntXMLContext.setCurrentTargets() is now public. Bugzilla report 34680.
Changes from Ant 1.6.2 to Ant 1.6.3
Changes that could break older environments:
* The subant task used the canonical version of a file path. This
has been changed to use the absolute path. Bugzilla 30438.
* Tar now writes two EOF blocks rather than one.
Bugzilla report 28776
* The Reference object now has a project field which it uses in preference
to the project passed in. This allows composite references to be
handled to nested projects.
Bugzilla report 25777
* <junit> with filtertrace="true" will now also swallow lines for the
sun.reflect package. If you need to see them in your stack trace,
you must set filtertrace to false.
Bugzilla Report 22758
* The jikes compiler adapter now supports -bootclasspath, -extdirs and
-sourcepath and also uses the same logic for debug flags as javac.
This means, the jikes compiler adapter now requires Jikes 1.15 or later.
Bugzilla Reports 25868, 26404 and 32609.
* The gcj compiler adapter used to include the Java runtime classes
even if includeJavaRuntime was set to false, unless the
bootclasspath has been specified as well. It will now always adhere
to includeJavaRuntime, you may need to set it to true explicitly now
if you relied on the old behavior.
Other changes:
* <javadoc> can now take an attribute 'executable'. Bugzilla report 30606.
* New attribute ignorecontents for <different> selector
* Javadoc fixes for Location, Project, and RuntimeConfigurable
Bugzilla 30160.
* Enable to choose the regexp implementation without system property.
Bugzilla Report 15390.
* Expose objects and methods in IntrospectionHelper. Bugzilla Report 30794.
* Allow file attribute of <move> to rename a directory.
Bugzilla Report 22863.
* Add xmlcatalog nested element to XmlProperty. Bugzilla report 27053.
* New attribute alwayslog for <redirector> type.
* Added <target> nested elements to <ant> and <antcall> to allow
specification of multiple sub-build targets, which are executed
with a single dependency analysis.
* Refactored Target invocation into
implementations. Bugzilla Reports 21421, 29248.
* <rmic> now also supports Kaffe's rmic version shipping with Kaffe
1.1.2 and above.
* added casesensitive attribute to <globmapper> and <regexpmapper>
Bugzilla report 16686
* added handledirsep attribute to <globmapper> and <regexpmapper>
Bugzilla report 32487
* added a new mapper <filtermapper>
* When a BuildListener tried to access System.err or System.out, Ant
would have thrown an exception - this has been changed. Ant now
silently ignores the message. BuildListeners still should avoid
accessing either stream.
* Added a comment attribute to the zip task.
Bugzilla report 22793.
* Overloaded FileUtils.createNewFile with a boolean mkdirs attribute
to create nonexistent parent directories.
* <apply> has a new "force" attribute that, when true, disables
checking of target files.
* Made the dest attribute of the apply task optional; mapped target
filenames will be interpreted as absolute pathnames when dest is omitted.
* Changed default tempdir for <javac> from user.dir to
* Added searchpath attribute to <exec> for searching path variable(s)
when resolveexecutable = true.
* Added revision and userid attributes to <pvcs> documentation.
* Added support to the touch task for a mkdirs attribute to create
nonexistent parent directories before touching new files.
* Added support to the touch task for a pattern attribute to allow
alternate datetime formats.
* Added support to the touch task to map touched files using a nested
mapper element.
* Added support to the touch task for a verbose attribute to suppress
logging of new file creation.
* bad link in docs to the enhancement page in bugzilla.
Bugzilla report 33252.
* Added length task to get strings' and files' lengths.
* <native2ascii> and <javah> now also support Kaffe's versions.
* Recursive token expansion in a filterset can now be disabled by
setting its recurse attribute to false.
* Pathconvert no longer requires that one of (targetos|pathsep|dirsep)
be set; platform defaults are used when this is the case.
* Added preservelastmodified attribute to fixcrlf task. Bugzilla 25770.
* Added isfileselected condition.
* Added verbose="true|false" attribute to <subant>. When verbose is enabled,
the directory name is logged on entry and exit of the sub-build.
Bugzilla 33787.
* Added -nouserlib option to allow running ant without automatically loading
up ${user.home}/.lib/ant. This is useful when compiling ant, and antlibs.
Modified the and build.bat to use the option.
* Added -noclasspath option to allow running ant WITHOUT using CLASSPATH env
variable. Modified ant.bat to do this so that %CLASSPATH% is not looked at.
* Add else attribute to the condition task, which specifies an
optional alternate value to set the property to if the nested
condition evaluates to false. Bugzilla report 33074.
* Ant generated jar files should now be detected as jar files by
Solaris. Bugzilla Report 32649.
* <rexec> with a single command should now work with unusal login
dialogs without special read/write pairs. Bugzilla Report 26632.
* <csc>'s extraoptions can now contain multiple arguments.
Bugzilla Report 23599.
* <macrodef> with default values set by properties would be
seen as new definitions when called twice with different properties.
This was confusing so the definitions are now treated as similar.
Bugzilla Report 31215.
* <javadoc> has a new attribute "includenosourcepackages" that can be
used to document packages that don't hold source files but a
package.html file. Bugzilla Report 25339.
* <rpm> has new attributes failonerror and quiet.
* Added two tutorials
- beginner: introduction into Ant
- task developers: using path, fileset etc
* a number of new attributes that allow the user to handle non-standard
server listing formats and time zone differences have been added in
the <ftp> task.
Fixed bugs:
* Do not pass on ThreadDeath when halting <java fork="false">. Bugzilla
* Killing a thread running <java fork="true"> (e.g. from an IDE) would
not stop the forked process. Bugzilla 31928.
* Programs run with <java fork="true"> can now accept standard input
from the Ant console. (Programs run with <java fork="false"> could
already do so.) Bugzilla 24918.
* AbstractCvsTask prematurely closed its outputStream and errorStream.
Bugzilla 30097.
* Impossible to use implicit classpath for <taskdef>
when Ant core loader != Java application loader and
Path.systemClassPath taken from ${java.class.path} Bugzilla 30161.
* MacroInstance did not clean up nested elements correctly in the execute
method, causing multiple use of the same macro instance with nested
elements to fail.
* checksum fileext property doc wrong. Bugzilla 30787.
* FTP task, getTimeDiff method was returning wrong value. Bugzilla 30595.
* make sure that Zip and its derivates call the createEmptyZip method when
there are no resources to zip/jar/...
* Zip task was not zipping when only empty directories were found.
Bugzilla 30365.
* Jar task was not including manifest files when duplicate="preserve" was
chosen. Bugzilla 32802.
* ant.bat was missing runAntNoClasspath label for goto.
Bugzilla 34510.
* Classpath was treated in the same way as -lib options. Bugzilla 28046.
* Manual page for cvsversion contained incorrect attributes and did not
say since 1.6.1. Bugzilla 31408.
* Typo in definition of <cvsversion> task causing it not to be defined.
Bugzilla 31403.
* Execution of top level tasks in imported files get delayed by targets.
Bugzilla report 31487.
* ExecTask executes checkConfiguration() even though os does not match.
Bugzilla report 31805.
* Concat task instance could not be run twice.
Bugzilla report 31814.
* NPE using XmlLogger and antlib.
Bugzilla report 31840.
* Properties.propertyNames() should be used instead of .keys().
Bugzilla report 27261.
* Target location is not set for default target.
Bugzilla report 32267.
* Incorrect classloader parent in junittask when using with
ant-junit.jar and junit.jar not in the project classloader. Bugzilla
report 28474.
* getResources() on the classloader returned by ClasspathUtils would
see each resource twice - if the resource is in the project
classpath and if the classloader is requested with a null path.
* XMLValidate used URL#getFile rather than the ant method FileUtils#fromURI
Bugzilla report 32508
* fixed Regexp-Mapper docs which gave outdated instructions (optional.jar)
Bugzilla report 28584
* <scp> using <fileset> didn't work with OpenSSH 3.9 and later.
Bugzilla report 31939
* <setproxy> failed to set user/password on some JDKs.
Bugzilla report 32667
* untar would go into infinite loop for some invalid tar files.
Bugzilla report 29877
* forked <javac> won't pass -source to a JDK 1.1 or 1.2 javac anymore.
Bugzilla report 32948
* propertyset references did not handle nested propertyset references.
* oata.types.Description.getDescription(Project) would throw a
NullPointerException when the "ant.targets" reference was unset.
* Wrapper scripts did not detect WINNT value of dynamic OS environment
variable when logged into workstations using Novell authentication.
Bugzilla Report 30366.
* DependScanner.getResource() always returned nonexistent resources,
even when the resource actually existed. Bugzilla Report 30558.
* <apply> was broken with classfilesets. Bugzilla Report 30567.
* <available> returned false positives when checking a file
passed in with the current basedir leading twice:
e.g. ${basedir}${file.separator}${basedir}${file.separator}foo .
* The first file open that took place when using input files with the
<exec>, <apply>, or <java> tasks was always logged to System.out
instead of to the managing Task.
* <telnet> and <rexec> would try to disconnect from servers they never
connetced to, potentially leading to exceptions in commons-net.
Bugzilla Report 33618.
* <zip> would drop files matched by defaultexcludes during updates.
Bugzilla Report 33412.
* <zip> couldn't store files with size between 2GB and 4GB (the
upper limit set by the ZIP format itself). Bugzilla Report 33310.
* NPE when when <presetdef> tries to configure a task that
cannot be instantiated. Bugzilla Report 33689.
* <javac debug="false"> created an invalid command line when running
the Symantec Java compiler.
* Get with usetimestamp did not work on Java 1.2.
* Get with usetimestamp did not work when local timestamp roughly >= now.
* The framed JUnit report now handles multiple reports for the same
testcase properly. Bugzilla Report 32745.
* <cab> didn't work for files with spaces in their names on Windows.
Bugzilla Report 17182.
* The VAJ tasks could fail if the project name contained characters
that need to get URL encoded. Bugzilla Report 23322.
* TarInputStream#read() wasn't implemented correctly. Bugzilla Report
* <xslt> failed to process file-hierarchies of more than one level if
scanincludeddirectories was true. Bugzilla Report 24866.
* forkmode="perBatch" or "once" would ignore extension attributes that
had been specified for <formatter>s. Bugzilla Report 32973.
* The refid attribute of the I/O redirector was not functional.
Changes from Ant 1.6.1 to Ant 1.6.2
Changes that could break older environments:
* The import task used the canonical version of a file path. This
has been changed to use the absolute path. Bugzilla 28505.
* ant-xalan2.jar has been removed since the only class contained in it
didn't depend on Xalan-J 2 at all. Its sole dependency has always
been TraX and so it has been merged into ant-trax.jar.
* All exceptions thrown by tasks are now wrapped in a buildexception
giving the location in the buildfile of the task.
* Nested elements for namespaced tasks and types may belong to the
Ant default namespace as well as the task's or type's namespace.
* <junitreport> will very likely no longer work with Xalan-J 1.
Note that Xalan-J 1 has been deprecated for a very long time and we
highly recommend that you upgrade.
If you really need to continue using Xalan-J 1, please copy the
junit-frames-xalan1.xsl from the distribution's etc directory as
junit-frames.xsl into a new directory and use the task's styledir
attribute to point to. This is the last version of the XSLT
stylesheet that is expected to be compatible with Xalan-J 1.
Fixed bugs:
* eliminate memory leak in AntClassLoader. Bugzilla Report 8689.
* subant haltonfailure=false did not catch all failures. Bugzilla Report 27007.
* macrodef @@ escaping was broken. Bugzilla Report 27069.
* MacroDef did not allow attributes named 'description'. Bugzilla Report 27175.
* Throw build exception if name attribute missing from patternset#NameEntry.
Bugzilla Report 25982.
* Throw build exception if target repeated in build file, but allow targets
to be repeated in imported files.
* <apply> didn't compare timestamps of source and targetfiles when
using a nested <filelist>. Bugzilla Report 26985.
* tagdiff.xml was broken in ant 1.6.1. Bugzilla Report 27057.
* if the basedir contained .. or . dirs, and the build file name contained
.. or ., the basedir was set incorrectly. Bugzilla Report 26765.
* regression from ant 1.5, exec task outputted two redundant trailing newlines.
Bugzilla Report 27546.
* NPE when running commons listener. Bugzilla Report 27373.
* <java> swallowed the stack trace of exceptions thrown by the
executed program if run in the same VM.
* -projecthelp swallowed (configuration) errors silently.
Bugzilla report 27732.
* filterset used by filtertask doesn't respect loglevel. Bugzilla Report 27568.
* wrong compare used in ProjectComponent for logging. Bugzilla Report 28070.
* failOnAny attribute for <parallel> was broken. Bugzilla Report 28122.
* If <javac> uses gcj and any of the nested <compilerarg>s implies
compilation to native code (like -o or --main), Ant will not pass
the -C switch to gcj. This means you can now compile to native code
with gcj which has been impossible in Ant < 1.6.2.
* <import optional="false"> and <import optional="true">
behaved identically.
* <xslt> now sets the context classloader if you've specified a nested
<classpath>. Bugzilla Report 24802.
* <zip> and friends would delete the original file when trying to update
a read-only archive. Bugzilla Report 28419.
* <junit> and <assertions> are working together. Bugzilla report 27218
* AntClassLoader#getResource could return invalid URLs. Bugzilla
Report 28060.
* Ant failed to locate tools.jar if the jre directory name wasn't all
lowercase. Bugzilla Report 25798.
* Redirector exhibited inconsistent behavior with regard to split
output. When sent to file only, files would be created in all
cases; when split file-property, files were only created if
writes were performed.
* fixed case handling of scriptdef attributes and elements.
* UNC pathnames did not work for ANT_HOME or -lib locations on Windows.
Bugzilla report 27922.
* replacestring tokenfilter only replaced the first occurrence.
* AntLikeTasksAtTopLevelTest failed on cygwin.
* I/O-intensive processes hung when executed via <exec spawn="true">.
Bugzilla reports 23893/26852.
* JDependTask did not close an output file. Bugzilla Report 28557.
* Using <macrodef> could break XmlLogger. Bugzilla Report 28993.
* <genkey> no longer requires keytool to be in your PATH. Bugzilla
Report 29382.
* <symlink> could create cyclic links. Bugzilla Report 25181.
* <zip whenempty="skip"> didn't work in a common situation. Bugzilla
Report 22865.
* <scp> now properly handles remote files and directories with spaces
in their names. Bugzilla Report 26097.
* <scp> now has (local|remote)tofile attributes to rename files on the
fly. Bugzilla Report 26758.
* <telnet> and <rexec> didn't close the session. Bugzilla Report 25935.
* <subant> and XmlLogger didn't play nicley together.
Other changes:
* doc fix concerning the dependencies of the ftp task
Bugzilla Report 29334.
* <xmlvalidate> has now a property nested element,
allowing to set string properties for the parser
Bugzilla Report 23395.
* Docs fixes for xmlvalidate.html, javadoc.html, starteam.
Bugzilla Reports 27092, 27284, 27554.
* <pathconvert> now accepts nested <mapper>s. Bugzilla Report 26364.
* Shipped XML parser is now Xerces-J 2.6.2.
* Added nested file element to filelist.
* spelling fixes, occurred. Bugzilla Report 27282.
* add uid and gid to tarfileset. Bugzilla Report 19120.
* <scp> has a verbose attribute to get some feedback during the
transfer and new [local|remote][File|Todir] alternatives to file and
todir that explicitly state the direction of the transfer.
* The OS/2 wrapper scripts have been adapted to use the new launcher.
Bugzilla Report 28226.
* <sshexec> now also captures stderr output. Bugzilla Report 28349.
* <xslt> now supports a nested <mapper>. Bugzilla Report 11249.
* <touch> has filelist support.
* <nice> task lets you set the priority of the current thread; non-forking
<java> code will inherit this priority in their main thread.
* New attribute "negate" on <propertyset> to invert selection criteria.
* Target now supports a Location member. Bugzilla Report 28599.
* New "pattern" attribute for <date> selector.
* <junit> has a new forkmode attribute that controls the number of
Java VMs that get created when forking tests. This allows you to
run all tests in a single forked JVM reducing the overhead of VM
creation a lot. Bugzilla Report 24697.
* <jar> can now optionally create an index for jars different than the
one it currently builds as well. See the new <indexjars> element
for details. Bugzilla Report 14255.
* Permit building under JDK 1.5. Bugzilla Report 28996.
* minor Javadoc changes. Bugzilla Report 28998.
* Misc. corrections in Bugzilla Report 28999.
* Remove redundant <hr> from javah.html. Bugzilla Report 28995.
* Ignore built distributions. Bugzilla Report 28997.
* A new roundup attribute on <zip> and related task can be used to
control whether the file modification times inside the archive will
be rounded up or down (since zips only store modification times with
a granularity of two seconds). The default remains to round up.
Bugzilla Report 17934.
* A binary option has been added to <concat>. Bugzilla Report 26312.
* Added DynamicConfiguratorNS, an namespace aware version of
DynamicConfigurator. Bugzilla Report 28436.
* Add implicit nested element to <macrodef>. Bugzilla Report 25633.
* Add deleteonexit attribute to <delete>.
* Added Target.getIf/Unless(). Bugzilla Report 29320.
* <fail> has a status attribute that can be used to pass an exit
status back to the command line.
* <fail> accepts a nested <condition>.
* <loadproperties> supports loading from a resource.
Bugzilla Report 28340.
* Nested file mappers and a container mapper implementation have been
introduced. Additionally, the <mapper> element now accepts "defined"
nested FileNameMapper implementations directly, allowing a usage
comparable to those of <condition>, <filter>, and <selector>.
* New <redirector> type introduced to provide extreme I/O flexibility.
Initial support for <exec>, <apply>, and <java> tasks.
* <apply> has a new ignoremissing attribute (default true for BC)
which will allow nonexistent files specified via <filelist>s to
be passed to the executable. Bugzilla Report 29585.
* <junitreport> now also works with Xalan XSLTC and/or JDK 1.5.
Bugzilla Report 27541.
* <jspc> doesn't work properly with Tomcat 5.x. We've implemented a
work-around but don't intend to support future changes in Tomcat
5.x. Please use the jspc task that ships with Tomcat instead of
Changes from Ant 1.6.0 to Ant 1.6.1
Changes that could break older environments:
* License is now Apache License 2.0
see for more information
Fixed bugs:
* Remove a recursive template call in the junit xsls that could trigger a stack
overflow. It now uses Xalan extensions to call a Java class directly.
Bugzilla Report 19301
* Fix spurious infinite loop detection for filters (introduced in ant 1.6.0).
Bugzilla Report 23154.
* Fix handling of default ant namespace for nested elements.
* Fix jboss element of ejb task (introduced in ant 1.6.0).
* <whichresource> failed to load classes correctly.
* Ant could fail to start with a NullPointerException if
ANT_HOME/lib/ant-launcher.jar was part of the system CLASSPATH.
* presetdef'ed types did not work with the ant-type attribute
* fixed case handling of macrodef attributes and elements. Bugzilla
Reports 25687 and 26225.
* <java> ignored the append attribute, Bugzilla Report 26137.
* The gcj compiler adapter for <javac> failed if the destination
directory didn't exist. Bugzilla Report 25856.
* Ant now fails with a more useful message if a new process will be
forked in a directory and that directory doesn't exist.
* <splash> used to break the build on non-GUI environments. Bugzilla
report 11482.
* Ant 1.6.0 cannot run build scripts in directories with non-ASCII names.
Bugzilla Report 26642.
Other changes:
* Shipped XML parser is now Xerces-J 2.6.1
* Translate task logs a debug message specifying the number of files
that it processed. Bugzilla Report 13938.
* <fixcrlf> has a new attribute - fixlast. Bugzilla Report 23262.
* <p4submit> has 2 new attributes, needsresolveproperty and changeproperty.
Bugzilla Report 25711.
* add description attributes to macrodef attributes and elements.
Bugzilla Report 24711.
* Extending ClearCase Tasks :
- Added an extra option to 'failonerr' to each ClearCase task/command.
- Extended the functionality of cccheckout. It can check (notco) to see if
the desired element is already checked out to the current view. Thus it
won't attempt to check it out again.
- Added three new ClearCase commands: ccmkattr, ccmkdir, ccmkelem
Bugzilla Report 26253.
* added nested text support to <macrodef>
* added initial support for Java 1.5. Java 1.5 is now correctly
detected by Ant and treated just like Java 1.4. You can now specify
source="1.5" in the <javac> task.
* created new task <cvsversion>
* added support for branch logging via the tag attribute in <cvschangelog>
Bugzilla Report 13510.
* added support the groovy language in the script and scriptdef tasks
Changes from Ant 1.5.4 to Ant 1.6.0
Changes that could break older environments:
* This version of Ant can not be built with JDK 1.1 and requires at
least Java 1.2 at runtime as well. Compiling for a 1.1 target is
still supported.
* Targets cannot have the empty string as their name any longer.
* ant.jar's manifest does no longer include a Class-Path entry, so it
is no longer possible to run Ant via "java -jar ant.jar" without
manually altering the CLASSPATH. Instead of that a file
ant-bootstrap.jar is included in the etc directory of the binary
distribution, copy this to the lib directory and use
"java -jar ant-bootstrap.jar" instead if you want to run Ant without
the wrapper script (not recommended).
* The <script> task now requires Apache BSF instead of the older IBM
version. See <>
* <xmlproperty> will no longer fail if the file to be loaded doesn't exist.
* XML namespaces are now enabled in the XML parser, meaning XML namespace
declarations no longer cause errors. However task names containing colons
will cause errors unless there is a corresponding namespace uri.
* The <ftp> and <telnet> tasks now require Jakarta Commons Net instead
of the older ORO Netcomponents version. See
* <input> will no longer prompt the user and wait for input if the
addproperty attribute is set to a property that has already been
defined in the project. If you rely on the task waiting for input,
don't use the addproperty attribute.
* The Class-Path attribute in manifests will no longer merge the
entries of all manifests found, but will be treated like all other
manifest attributes - the most recent attribute(s) will be used.
* New Launch mechanism implemented. This moves some functionality from
the batch files / shell scripts into Java. This removes environment
limitations, for command issues, directory depth issues on Windows. Also
allows a per-user library location to be used if the main Ant install
is locked down.
* The Entry nested element of PropertyFile will not any more have its value
attribute (actually increment) overwritten with the new value of the entry
after execution.
* Output stored from a <java> or <exec> task is now exactly as generated. No
conversion to platform end-of-line characters is performed.
* <translate> will now preserve line endings.
* <ftp> followsymlinks="false" in nested fileset definitions is explicitly
required in order to exclude remote symbolic links (when doing a get, chmod,
delete, rmdir).
* The values of the Copy#fileCopyMap variable has changed from String to
String[]. (In java 1.5 terms it was Hashtable<String, String> and
is now Hashtable<String, String[]>). This will affect third party code
that extend Copy and override Copy#doFileOperations.
* <loadproperties> didn't expand properties while <property file="..."/>
does, so they were not equivalent. This has been fixed, which means
that propetries may get expanded twice if you use an
<expandproperties> filterreader. Bugzilla Report 17782.
* User defined tasks and typedefs are now handled internally in the
same way as predefined tasks and typedefs. Also tasks and typedefs
are resolved at a later stage. This causes some
differences especially for user defined task containers.
* <checksum> log message "Calculating checksum ..." has been degraded
Fixed bugs:
* Filter readers were not handling line endings properly. Bugzilla
Report 18476.
* Filtersets were also not handling line endings properly.
* Expand tasks did not behave as expected with PatternSets.
* <property environment=... /> now works on OS/400.
* <cab> could hang listcab on large <fileset>s.
* The starteam stcheckout, stcheckin tasks now correctly compute
status of files against whatever local tree they are run against
and, optionally, will not process a file if it is current.
Previously you had to process everything unless you ran against the
default folder which wasn't the normal use-case for ant-starteam.
The stlist task now similarly displays that status correctly making
it a more generally useful tool.
* entity includes would cause exceptions if path names included spaces.
* addConfiguredXXX would not work for TaskAdapter wrapped tasks
* Fix <ilasm> outputfile testing so that the output file does not need
to exist beforehand.
* Ant will now exit with a return code of 1 if it encounters problems
with the command line arguments.
* ClassLoader creation changes to use a factory method in Project. A new
class AntClassLoader2 implemented for 1.2+ specific features including
Package information and addition of classes specified in the Class-Path
element of a Jar's manifest.
* It is now possible in <exec> to resolve the executable to a project
basedir or execution dir relative executable. The resolveExecutable
must be used to pick up such executables.
* splash screen wouldn't disappear when build was finished.
* <exec> output and error streams can now be redirected independently
to either a property or a file (or both)
* TarEntry's File-arg constructor would fail with a
StringIndexOutOfBoundsException on all OSes where is shorter
than seven characters. Bugzilla Report 18105.
* <copy> and <move>'s failonerror didn't apply to filesets pointing to
non-existant directories. Bugzilla Report 18414.
* The <stripjavacomments> filter sometimes removed parts of string
constants. Bugzilla Report 17441.
* <antlr> will now recompile your grammar if the supergrammar has
changed. Bugzilla Report 12691.
* <property env> will now work on Unices with /bin/env instead of
/usr/bin/env. Bugzilla Report 17642.
* <jar index="on"> could include multiple index lists. Bugzilla 10262.
* The index created by <jar> didn't conform to the spec as it didn't
include the top-level entries. Bugzilla Report 16972.
* <tar> and <zip> didn't honor the defaultexcludes attribute for the
implicit fileset. Bugzilla Report 18637.
* The <replacetokens> filter would throw an exception if the token's
value was an empty string. Bugzilla Report 18625.
* Perforce tasks relying on output from the server such as <p4change>
and <p4label> were hanging. Bugzilla Reports 18129 and 18956.
* Improve exception and logging behavior of Perforce tasks.
Bugzilla report 18154.
* install had a problem on cygwin (with REALANTHOME).
Bugzilla Report 17257
* <replaceregexp> didn't work for multi-byte encodings if byline was false.
Bugzilla Report 19187.
* <replaceregexp> was altering unnecessarily the timestamp of the directories
containing the files to process
Bugzilla Report 22541.
* file names that include spaces need to be quoted inside the @argfile
argument using forked <javac> and (all JDKS). Bugzilla Report 10499.
NB : a first correction was only introducing quotes for JDK 1.4
It has been changed to quote for all external compilers when paths
contain spaces.
Also the backslashes need to be converted to forward slashes
Bugzilla Report 17683.
* Setting filesonly to true in <zip> and related tasks would cause the
archives to be always recreated. Bugzilla Report 19449.
* file names that include spaces need to be quoted inside the @argfile
argument using <javadoc> and JDK 1.4. Bugzilla Report 16871.
* <junit> didn't work with custom formatters that were only available
on the user specified classpath when a timeout occurred. Bugzilla
Report 19953.
* <different> selector : make ignoreFileTimes effectively default to true
and fix a bug in the comparison of timestamps. Bugzilla Report 20205.
* <different> selector can now be nested directly under a fileset
Bugzilla Report 20220.
* <cvstagdiff> had a problem with "dd-MM-yy hh:mm:ss" formats
Bugzilla Report 15995.
* <cvstagdiff> cvsroot and package attributes added to the root
element tagdiff of the xml output
Bugzilla Report 16081.
* <cvstagdiff> had a problem with aliased modules and with requests for
multiple modules. Bugzilla Reports 21373 and 22877.
* <cvstagdiff> could not parse properly the revision number of new files with
CVS 1.11.9 or higher. Bugzilla Report 24406.
* <fixcrlf> make fixcrlf create its temporary files in the default directory
of FileUtils#createTempFile instead of the destination dir of fixcrlf.
Bugzilla Report 20870.
* <ejbjar> implementation for Borland.
Prevent the task from being blocked by error messages coming from java2iiop.
Bugzilla Report 19385.
* <unzip>'s and <untar>'s nested patternsets didn't work as documented
when the pattern ended in a slash or backslash. Bugzilla Report 20969.
* <fixcrlf> will now create the parent directories for the destination
files if necessary. Bugzilla Report 20840.
* <xmlproperty> now handles CDATA sections. BugZilla Report 17195
* <translate> now translate tokens that are placed close together.
Bugzilla Report 17297
* Nested websphere element for ejbjar does not support spaces in file name.
Bugzilla Report 21298
* Don't multiply Class-Path attributes when updating jars. Bugzilla
Report 21170.
* Do not overwrite the value (increment) attribute of PropertyFile nested
Entry element. Bugzilla Report 21505.
* Prevent sysproperties with no key or no value from being added in <junit>.
Bugzilla Report 21684.
* Allow references to be properly inherited via antcall
Bugzilla Report 21724.
* ftp chmod failed when the remote system was UNIX and local system Windows
Bugzilla Report 21865.
* ftp put with chmod failed when the remote system was UNIX and local system
Windows. Bugzilla Report 23143.
* ftp did not set the ascii mode explicity, causing problems with ftp servers
having binary as default
* ftp was not able to download files when they were pointed to by symbolic
links. Bugzilla Report 14063.
* ftp is able to download also directories pointed to by symbolic links.
* replace would change \r\n into \r\r\n under Windows.
* junitreport with frames did not display a link for classes without a package
or in the top package.
Bugzilla Report 21915.
* Project.toBoolean(String) now handles null as argument and does not throw a
NullPointerException any more.
* The socket condition will now close the socket created to test.
Bugzilla Report 23040.
* <junit includeantruntime="true" fork="true"> replaced the CLASSPATH instead
of adding to it. Bugzilla Report 14971.
* <splash> could fail on JVMs that use null to indicate the system classloader.
Bugzilla Report 23320.
* <xmlcatalog>s only worked when defined inside of tasks. Bugzilla
Report 20965.
* <csc> and siblings (<vbc> <jsharpc>) handle large filesets by
automatic use of response files. Bugzilla report #19630
Other changes:
* Shipped XML parser is now Xerces 2.6.0
* All tasks can be used outside of <target>s. Note that some tasks
will not work at all outside of targets as they would cause infinite
loops (<antcall> as well as <ant> and <subant> if they invoke the
current build file).
* Six new Clearcase tasks added.
* A new filter reader namely tokenfilter has been added. Bugzilla
Report 18312.
* A new attribute named skip is added to the TailFilter and
HeadFilter filter readers.
* The filesetmanifest attribute of <jar> has been reenabled.
* The start and end tokens for <translate> may now be longer than a
single character.
* <setproxy> lets you set the username and password for proxies that
want authentication
* <loadproperties> has a new encoding attribute.
* <echoproperties> can now create XML output.
* <echoproperties> has a new srcfile attribute that can make it read
properties files and output them instead of Ant's properties.
* <filterset> will now resolve filters recursively.
* <input> has a new attribute that allows you to specify a default value.
* Added <image> task (requires JAI).
* <image> task has now proportions attribute in the <scale/> nested element
instead of keepproportions (bringing in more functionality)
* New condition <isreference>
* <ftp> now has a preservelastmodified attribute to preserve the
timestamp of a downloaded file.
* new rmdir action for <ftp> that removes directories from a fileset.
* <ftp> has attributes timediffauto and timediffmillis to use together
with the newer attribute to tell ant to take into account a time difference
between client and remote side.
Bugzilla Report 19358.
* <ftp> has been optimized to go directly to the include patterns.
This reduces scanning time under UNIX when followsymlinks="true"
and casesensitive="true" (the default)
Bugzilla Report 20103.
* The SOS and VSS tasks will no longer unconditionally prepend a $ to
vsspath or projectpath.
* OS/400 now gets detected by the os condition.
* <arg> has a new attribute pathref that can be used to reference
previously defined paths.
* <xmlproperty> has been improved, you can now expand ${properties},
define ids or paths and use Ant's location magic for filename resolutions
in the XML file.
* <xmlcatalog> will now support external catalogs according to the
OASIS "Open Catalog" standard - if resolver.jar (newer than version
1.0) from Apache's xml-commons is in your CLASSPATH.
* Starteam tasks now have support for revision labels and build labels.
Checkouts now have the option of using repository timestamps, instead
of current.
* new task <symlink> that creates and maintains symbolic links.
* new tasks <chown> and <chgrp> which are wrappers of the Unix commands.
* new task <attrib> to change file attributes on Windows systems.
* <style> has a new attribute reloadstylesheet to work around a
bug in widespread Xalan versions.
* <tarfileset> has a new dirmode attribute to specify the permissions
for directories.
* <fixcrlf>'s eol attribute now also understands "mac", "unix" and "dos".
* <classfileset> now picks up dependencies of the form MyClass.class. This
works for the code generated by the Sun java compiler. It may not work for
all compilers.
* a new attribute "globalopts" can be added to all Perforce tasks.
You can put in it all the strings described by p4 help usage. Refer to
the docs for more information.
* new Perforce tasks <p4integrate> , <p4resolve>, and <p4labelsync>
* <p4submit> will change the property p4.change if the Perforce server
renumbers the change list.
It will set the property p4.needsresolve if the submit fails,
and the message says that file(s) need to be resolved.
* <replaceregexp> now has an optional encoding attribute to support
replacing in files that are in a different encoding than the
platform's default.
* The <exec> task may now have its input redirected from either a file
or a string from the build file. The error output can be separated
to a different file when outut is redirected. standard error may be
logged to the Ant log when redirecting output to a file
* The <java> task also supports the input redirection and separate
error streams introduced to the <exec> task. In addition, it is now
possible to save the output into a property for use within the build
file as was possible with <exec> in Ant 1.5
* The <javadoc> task <tag> subelement has been enhanced to allow files
with tag mappings to be used.
* New tasks: <scp> supports file transfers, <sshexec> executes a
command over SSH. They require jsch, a BSD licensed SSH library that
can be found at
* New filterreader <escapeunicode/>.
* Support for HP's NonStop Kernel (Tandem) OS has been added.
* <cab>'s basedir attribute is now optional if you specify nested
filesets. Bugzilla Report 18046.
* New task <sync> that synchronizes two directory trees.
* <apply> has new forwardslash attribute that can force filenames to
use forward slashes (/) as file separators even on platforms with a
different separator. This is useful if you want to run certain
ported Unix tools.
* Copy has a new outputencoding attribute that can be used to change
the encoding while copying files. Bugzilla Report 18217.
* The xml formatter for JUnit will now honor test case names set with
setName. Bugzilla Report 17040.
* JUnit now has an attribute reloading, which, when set to false,
makes the task reuse the same class loader for a series of tests.
* <concat> now supports filtering and can check timestamps before
overriding a file. Bugzilla Report 18166.
* <junit> has a new attribute tempdir that controls the placement of
temporary files. Bugzilla Report 15454.
* <jdepend> now supports a new nested element <classespath> which is
the same as <sourcespath> but point to compiled classes (the
prefered mode of operation for JDepend > 2.5). Additionally, nested
<exclude> elements can be used to exclude certain packages from
being parsed. Bugzilla Report 17134.
* The JProbe tasks now also work with JProbe 4.x. Bugzilla Report 14849.
* <javacc> and <jjtree> will now autodetect JavaCC 3.x and can use it.
* <sql> has a new attribute to control escape processing.
* <sql> is able to display properly several resultsets if you are
running a compound sql statement. Bugzilla Report 21594.
* A new <containsregexp> selector has been added, that selects files
if their content matches a certain regular expression.
* <antlr>'s debug attribute has been enabled. Bugzilla Report 19051.
* <mail> has a new attribute charset. Bugzilla Report 15434.
* <mail> has new attributes user and password for SMTP auth.
maillogger can also use this.
The implementation only works with JavaMail (encoding="MIME").
Implementation with plain mail remains to do.
Bugzilla Report 5969.
* <mail> and mailloger support SMTP over TLS/SSL
Bugzilla Report 19180.
* <mail> the attributes from, replyto ,tolist, cclist, bcclist
can now contain email addresses of the form name <>
or (name)
Bugzilla Report 22474.
* <mail> (version PlainMail)
prevent blank headers from being sent,
make the order of the headers of plain mail messages predictable
Bugzilla Report 22088.