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ant – 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 tar‐

-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

-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 specifies a path to search for jars and classes

use the given file to output log to

use the given class to perform logging

add an instance of the given class as a project listener

do not allow interactive input

-buildfile, -file, -f
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)

load all properties from file with -D properties taking prece‐

the class which will handle input requests

-find, -s
search for buildfile towards the root of the filesystem and use

A niceness value for the main thread: 1 (lowest) to 10 (high‐
est); 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

Override Ant’s normal entry point


make mvn(1)


This manpage is written by Egon Willighagen

Debian GNU/Linux Feb 2010 ant