[GRADLE-2166] Ability to directly load an Ant file from within a jar Created: 12/Mar/12  Updated: 10/Feb/17  Resolved: 10/Feb/17

Status: Resolved
Project: Gradle
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: None

Type: New Feature
Reporter: Kristian Kime Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Won't Fix Votes: 0


Currently the ant import functionality must have a file on disk to load (via project.ant.importBuild("location/on/disk/...") for example). It would be convenient to have a way to have a way to load ant files that were included as a resources in plugin jars.

By way of motivation I can say one of the things that made convincing my company to switch from Ant to Gradle much easier was the fact that we were able to build a Gradle plugin that could perform all of the previous custom ant tasks we were using. But the way we built this functionality was the somewhat awkward method of including the old ant xml files as resources in the jar. Then whenever the Gradle build is run it copies the ant files out to a temp location, imports them and continues on. While this works it hurts the normally nearly seamless integration between Gradle and Ant and having a convenience method to load the ant resource files directly seems reasonable.

Comment by Luke Daley [ 13/Mar/12 ]

This does seem like a good idea. We should be able to do something here post 1.0.

Comment by Szczepan Faber [ 13/Mar/12 ]

Thanks for feedback - we'll consider this feature for improving ant integration

Comment by Szczepan Faber [ 13/Mar/12 ]

Thanks for feedback - we'll consider this feature for improving the ant integration.

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Comment by Benjamin Muschko [ 10/Feb/17 ]

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