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Gravy: Using Ant from Groovy for short non-build scripts

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I recently had to whip out a one/few-off script that took a directory, and recursively grabbed jar files from it, and put all of the classes in one place. I looked at JarJar and Uberjar, but in the end it was easier to whip together a few lines of Groovy to make it happen (although I could have used Ruby, JavaScript/Rhino, Perl, etc etc).

When it came to jar’ing and unjaring files, instead of using the Java APIs, it was easier to just use ant via the AntBuilder. This allowed me in one simple line to use the tasks available there:

ant.unjar(src: file.path, dest: structure[typeOfJar].outputDir)

Very convenient. This isn’t using Ant in a more formal “I am driving the build from Groovy” way, but rather being pragmatic and thinking “oh there is a simple ant task that already does this, so lets just call into it”.


def buildJar(String typeOfJar) {
println "Building a jar file for the type: $typeOfJar"
new[typeOfJar].dir).eachFileRecurse { file ->
try {
//println file.path
if (file.path =~ "\\.jar") {
println "jar xf $file.path $structure[typeOfJar].outputDir";
ant.unjar(src: file.path, dest: structure[typeOfJar].outputDir)
} catch (Exception e) {
println e

ant.jar(destfile: structure[typeOfJar].jar, basedir: structure[typeOfJar].outputDir)
ant.delete(dir: structure[typeOfJar].outputDir)

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