[GRADLE-3037] gradle >= 1.8: copy task fails when source file contains colon Created: 04/Mar/14  Updated: 17/Nov/16  Resolved: 17/Nov/16

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

Type: Bug
Reporter: Gradle Forums Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Duplicate Votes: 0


Create a directory with a "from" directory containing an empty file called "a:b". Then, with this build.gradle:

task c(type: Copy) {

run `gradle c` and observe the following output:


FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

  • What went wrong:

Execution failed for task ':c'.

> Cannot convert URL 'a:b' to a file.

This appears to have started at gradle 1.8. I ran into this with gradle 1.11 and tried every old version until I found one where it worked.

Comment by Gradle Forums [ 04/Mar/14 ]

(I wish there were a preview button when editing posts.)

Comment by Benjamin Muschko [ 15/Nov/16 ]

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Comment by Eric Wendelin [ 17/Nov/16 ]

Moved to https://github.com/gradle/gradle/issues/862

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