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Difference between fileset and pathelement

Kanapathipillai Senthuran

Joined: Dec 20, 2012
Posts: 1

Can anybody please explain the difference between pathelement and fileset in ant script?

I saw some ant script examples where they use both pathelement and fileset to include the jars and class files in class path.

<path id="classpath">
<fileset dir="${lib}">
<include name="*.jar" />

<pathelement path="${tomcat.lib}/servlet-api.jar" />
<pathelement path="${build}" />

Note: All the class files are located in build folder.

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Jeanne Boyarsky
author & internet detective

Joined: May 26, 2003
Posts: 32495

A fileset lets you search/accumulate things into one reference. A path element is one "thing." That think may be one file or a whole path. But it doesn't do wildcards like fileset does.

This is explained fairly well in path like structures.

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