I've talked about that little pet library of mine every now and then, and think it is time to give others a chance to look at it.

The thing I'm talking about is a small Ant task library that should work with Ant 1.6.x and provides three tasks:

All of these tasks have only been tested using Mono on Linux and MacOS X so far. The docs are online - also as an archive. An Ant 1.6.x compatible antlib is here..

The CVS HEAD version contains a WiX task as well, but I'm not sure about its current shape, so I've left it out for now.

Any feedback is appreciated.

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The small Ant library I have talked about before has undergone some changes and it has been polished up a little.

The <dotnetexec> task now works well on Linux if I place the assemblies somewhere arbitrary into my PATH, <nant> works like a charm, in particular this here

<ant:project xmlns:ant="antlib:org.apache.tools.ant"
      <echo message="This is NAnt"/>

results in

Buildfile: /tmp/nant.xml
     [nant] NAnt version 0.8.4 Copyright (C) 2001-2003 Gerry Shaw
     [nant] http://nant.sourceforge.net

     [nant] Buildfile: file://tmp/build2001946168.xml
     [nant]      [echo] This is NAnt


     [nant] Total time: 0.1 seconds.


which means, I've just run NAnt's <echo> task from within an Ant build file using Mono 0.28 on Linux. All that is required to do so is NAnt.exe in my PATH and dotnet.jar in my CLASSPATH (and a freshly bootstrapped CVS version of Ant).

The docs are online as well.

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I've started to write some Ant tasks to improve Ant's .NET support even further (it already compiles C# or J# and does a couple of more development centric things). I started with a task that extends <exec> in a way that it should transparently invoke Mono if I point its executable attribute to my assembly on Linux - it still has some problems that are probably more due to Mono and my inexperience with it than with the task.

As a side effect and to test it, I've written <nant> and <msbuild> tasks that can invoke either build tool. So far only build file, targets and properties are supported, but I plan to support nested build file snippets in the future.

Right now you can use something like

  <nant buildfile="src/nant.build">
    <target name="echo"/>
    <property name="foo" value="bar"/>
but in the future one should be able to use
        <test assemblyname="MyProject.Tests.dll"/>
to invoke NAnt's <nunit2> task. Ant would create a temporary build file with the snippet and run NAnt on it.

The <msbuild> task is complete speculation as I don't have access to MSBuild at all (I've written the task only from reading the command line reference) and the <nant> task fails on Linux unless I install NAnt and all related assemblies (they are in my PATH) in /usr/local/bin - there must be something wrong here, setting MONO_PATH doesn't help either.

The code can be found in the proposal/sandbox/dotnet directory in Ant's CVS module. The top in WebCVS is here.

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