ant(1) a Java based make tool.




Like make ant is a tool by which projects can be build. But unlike it, ant is based on Java which means it will run on every platform for which a Java Virtual Machine is available. This makes it a great tool for building Java software.

By default it takes information from build.xml which describes the targets.

-help, -h
print help on the command line options
-projecthelp, -p
print project help information
print the version information
print information that might be helpful to diagnose or report problems
-quiet, -q
be extra quiet
-silent, -S
print nothing but task outputs and build failures
-verbose, -v
be extra verbose
-debug, -d
print debugging information
-emacs, -e
produce logging information without adornments
-lib <path>
specifies a path to search for jars and classes
-logfile <file>
use the given file to output log to
-logger <classname>
use the given class to perform logging
-listener <classname>
add an instance of the given class as a project listener
do not allow interactive input
-buildfile, -file, -f <file>
use the given buildfile instead of the default build.xml file. This is the ant equivalent of Makefile
use value for the given property
-keep-going, -k
execute all targets that do not depend on failed target(s)
-propertyfile <name>
load all properties from file with -D properties taking precedence
-inputhandler <class>
the class which will handle input requests
-find, -s <file>
search for buildfile towards the root of the filesystem and use it
-nice <number>
A niceness value for the main thread: 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest); 5 is the default
Run ant without using the jar files from ${user.home}/.ant/lib
Run ant without using CLASSPATH
Java 5 or later : use the OS proxy settings
-main <class>
Override Ant's normal entry point


This manpage is written by Egon Willighagen <[email protected]>