[GRADLE-2721] Allow the definition of aliases in build.gradle Created: 25/Mar/13  Updated: 10/Feb/17  Resolved: 10/Feb/17

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

Type: Improvement
Reporter: Nathan Wells Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Won't Fix Votes: 0


In order to work with Gradle's alphabetically sorted task dependency list, I created a bit of code that would alias commands to strings of other commands. I did this based on the following threads:


Here's the code:

def aliases = [
        'build-server': ['clean', 'build', 'fatJar'],

def newTasks = []
gradle.startParameter.taskNames.inject(newTasks) { acc, currentTask ->
    acc << aliases[currentTask] ?: currentTask
gradle.startParameter.taskNames = newTasks.flatten()

There are surely prettier, groovier, nicer ways of doing this, but I don't have a lot of time to devote to figuring this stuff out. I'd like this functionality to be included in Gradle itself, maybe with an API that looks something like:


{ 'server-build'('clean', 'build', 'fatJar') }

I know there's a lot of strident discussion about this right now, and I would participate, but found it a PITA to try to subscribe to mailing lists, etc. So, please accept this as a pitiful attempt to contribute.


Comment by Benjamin Muschko [ 15/Nov/16 ]

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Comment by Benjamin Muschko [ 10/Feb/17 ]

Thanks again for reporting this issue. We haven't heard back from you after our inquiry from November 15th. We are closing this issue now. Please create an issue on GitHub if you still feel passionate about getting it resolved.

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