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Basic Ant excludes question

 
Joe Gliniecki
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I'm trying to copy some files from one directory to another with the exception of a sub-directory. I'm running ant in Eclipse and created a simple project to reproduce my problem.

Directories and files in Eclipse project:
build.xml
dir1/a.txt
dir1/dir2/b.txt
dir3/

I want to copy a.txt to dir3, but do not want to copy b.txt at all.

This is my build.xml:


Running the build.xml results in this file structure:
dir3/a.txt
dir3/dir2/b.txt

I know I must be missing something very basic. To me, the <exclude name="dir1/dir2/**" /> should prevent anything in dir1/dir2/ from being copied.

Thanks in advance for your help!
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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It should be:


The exclude is relative to the fileset.
 
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