[GRADLE-2039] DefaultAntBuilder always uses script directory as basedir Created: 09/Jan/12  Updated: 10/Feb/17  Resolved: 10/Feb/17

Status: Resolved
Project: Gradle
Affects Version/s: 1.0-milestone-6
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Bug
Reporter: Michael Brand Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Won't Fix Votes: 10


The DefaultAntBuilder.importBuild() method hard-codes a basedir value to the directory containing the script:

File baseDir = file.parentFile

Set existingAntTargets = new HashSet(antProject.targets.keySet())
File oldBaseDir = antProject.baseDir
antProject.baseDir = baseDir

This cannot be overridden and forces the basedir to the script's dirctory.

One possible solution would be to add an optional parameter that for the basedir. This would require that the gradle script be aware of the ant script's basedir, but would be easy to implement.

A more complex solution would be probably involve loading a new AntBuilder and interrogating it or delegating to it. This would allow the ant script to determine its basedir, but would probably require a significant rewrite of the function or possibly significant overhead.

A workaround is to create an second ant script located in the first's basedir. This script would contain a single line that imports the first.

Comment by Carsten Lenz [ 22/Jul/14 ]

An additional workaround is to set the baseDir property on the created AntTarget gradle tasks

tasks.withType(AntTarget) { t ->
    t.baseDir = file('/my/custom/baseDir/path')
Comment by Scott Resnik [ 29/Jan/16 ]

This work around above doesn't work for me. Using Gradle 2.10.

The basedir of the ant build is still set to directory of the build.xml. The basedir attribute of the project element is ignored as well.

Comment by Benjamin Muschko [ 15/Nov/16 ]

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Comment by Benjamin Muschko [ 10/Feb/17 ]

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