Solution: You can skip files during the Ant compilation process by using the Ant
exclude pattern. Here's an example that shows several
exclude patterns in some XML code taken directly from an Ant build script:
<target name="compile" depends="clean"> <javac destdir="classes" source="1.5" > <src path="src"/> <exclude name="**/_*.java"/> <exclude name="**/Test*.java"/> <classpath refid="class.path"/> </javac> </target>
In this example, I'm intentionally excluding Java source code files whose names either begin with an underscore or the string
Test. These are two file-naming patterns that I use for my unit test classes, and this is a simple way of keeping these test classes from being deployed with the rest of my project.
As a final note, in this example the
**/* syntax tells Ant to apply this pattern to all sub-directories.