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Ant adding backslash before colons in database URL

Michael Freake
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 03, 2009
Posts: 24
Hello,

Ant is not behaving the way I would like. It is adding a "\" before my colons in a database URL.

Expected output:


Actual output:


The part in build.xml that does this:


From my build.properties, the value referenced above:


I do not want to use the <replace file="..." token="..." value="..."/> because we have several developers working on this project and the token being searched for may not be the same on each developer's machine.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Mike
Paul Clapham
Sheriff

Joined: Oct 14, 2005
Posts: 19660
    
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It looks like Ant thinks it's generating a properties file, since escaping colons like that is mandatory in a properties file. If you don't want a properties file, perhaps you should use some Ant task other than "propertyfile".
Michael Freake
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 03, 2009
Posts: 24
Thanks Paul,

I had no idea that was the case in properties files. I just read some more about it here: http://download.oracle.com/javase/6/docs/api/java/util/Properties.html#load(java.io.Reader)

I will be now be using the <replace .../> to avoid this.
 
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