xmlbean Ant Task

Compiles a set of XSD and/or WSDL files into XMLBeans. This is useful for building an XMLBean JAR from XSD and WSDL files. If desired, the task can also generate the source code that makes up the XMLBean type system specified by the schema files.

Note: This task depends on an external library not included in the Ant distribution called xbean.jar.  It can be found in the XMLBeans developer kit at http://xmlbeans.apache.org/. The build script will need to include a taskdef for xmlbean, which could look like this:

<taskdef name="xmlbean" classname="org.apache.xmlbeans.impl.tool.XMLBean" classpath="path/to/xbean.jar"/>

It is possible to refine the set of files that are being processed. This can be done with the includes, includesfile, excludes, excludesfile and defaultexcludes attributes. With the includes or includesfile attribute you specify the files you want to have included by using patterns. The exclude or excludesfile attributes are used to specify the files you want to have excluded. This is also done with patterns. And finally with the defaultexcludes attribute, you can specify whether you want to use default exclusions or not. See the section on directory based tasks in the Ant documentation, on how the inclusion/exclusion of files works, and how to write patterns.

This task forms an implicit FileSet and supports all attributes of <fileset> (dir becomes basedir) as well as the nested <include>, <exclude> and <patternset> elements.


Attribute Description Required
schema A file that points to either an individual schema file or a directory of files.  Not a path reference.  If multiple schema files need to be built together, use a nested fileset instead of setting schema. Yes, unless a fileset element is nested.
destfile Define the name of the jar file created.  For instance, "myXMLBean.jar" will output the results of this task into a jar with the same name. No, default is "xmltypes.jar".
download Set to true to permit the compiler to download URLs for imports and includes.  Defaults to false, meaning all imports and includes must be copied locally.
No, default is false.
Set a location to generate CLASS files into.
A value of true means that only source will be generated.
No, default is false.
Set a location to generate JAVA files into.
Generate java source compatible with the given version. Currently only "1.4" and "1.5" are supported.
No, Default is "1.4"
classpath The classpath to use if schemas in the fileset import definitions that are supplied by other compiled XMLBeans JAR files, or if JAVA files are in the schema fileset. Also supports a nested classpath. No
classpathref Adds a classpath, given as reference to a path defined elsewhere. No
includes Comma- or space-separated list of patterns of files that must be included. All files are included when omitted. No
includesfile The name of a file. Each line of this file is taken to be an include pattern. No
excludes Comma- or space-separated list of patterns of files that must be excluded. No files (except default excludes) are excluded when omitted. No
excludesfile The name of a file. Each line of this file is taken to be an exclude pattern. No
defaultexcludes Indicates whether default excludes should be used or not ("yes"/"no"). Default excludes are used when omitted. No
debug Indicates whether source should be compiled with debug information; defaults to off. If set to off, -g:none will be passed on the command line for compilers that support it (for other compilers, no command line argument will be used). If set to true, the value of the debuglevel attribute determines the command line argument. No
debuglevel Keyword list to be appended to the -g command-line switch. This will be ignored by all implementations except modern and classic(ver >= 1.2). Legal values are none or a comma-separated list of the following keywords: lines, vars, and source. If debuglevel is not specified, by default, nothing will be appended to -g. If debug is not turned on, this attribute will be ignored. No
optimize Indicates whether source should be compiled with optimization; defaults to off. No
includeAntRuntime Whether to include the Ant run-time libraries in the classpath; defaults to yes. No
includeJavaRuntime Whether to include the default run-time libraries from the executing VM in the classpath; defaults to no. No
fork Whether to execute javac using the JDK compiler externally; defaults to yes. No, default is true
executable Complete path to the javac executable to use in case of fork="yes". Defaults to the compiler of the Java version that is currently running Ant. Ignored if fork="no" No
memoryInitialSize The initial size of the memory for the underlying VM, if javac is run externally; ignored otherwise. Defaults to the standard VM memory setting. (Examples: 83886080, 81920k, or 80m) No
memoryMaximumSize The maximum size of the memory for the underlying VM, if javac is run externally; ignored otherwise. Defaults to the standard VM memory setting. (Examples: 83886080, 81920k, or 80m) No
compiler The compiler implementation to use. If this attribute is not set, the value of the build.compiler property, if set, will be used. Otherwise, the default compiler for the current VM will be used. No
failonerror Determines whether or not the ant target will continue if the XMLBean creation encounters a build error.
No, default is true.
Controls the amount of build message output.
No, default is true.
Controls the amount of build message output.
No, default is false.
The name of the package that the TypeSystemHolder class should be generated in.  Normally this should be left unspecified. None of the XMLBeans are generated in this package. Use .xsdconfig files to modify XMLBean package or class names.
noupa Do not enforce the unique particle attribution rule.
No, default is false.
nopvr Do not enforce the particle valid (restriction) rule.
No, default is false.
noann Skip over schema <annotation> elements
No, default is false.
nopvr Do not validate the contents of schema <documentation> elements.
No, default is false.
ignoreDuplicatesInNamespaces Comma separated list of one or more namespaces in which duplicate definitions are to be ignored. No


Be sure to define the task in your script, like this:
<taskdef name="xmlbean" classname="org.apache.xmlbeans.impl.tool.XMLBean" classpath="path/to/xbean.jar" />

The following builds all the schemas in the schemas directory and creates a jar called "Schemas.jar".

<xmlbean schema="schemas" destfile="Schemas.jar"/>
The following compiles the schema "ourSchema.xsd" into the default jar "xmltypes.jar".  If  any imports and includes are defined by remote URLs, they are downloaded during the build.
<xmlbean schema="schemas/ourSchema.xsd" download="true"/>

Using a fileset

<xmlbean classgendir="${build.dir}" classpath="${class.path}"
<fileset basedir="src" excludes="**/*.xsd"/>
<fileset basedir="schemas" includes="**/*.*"/>
Gathers all the files in the src directory except XSD files, along with every file in the schemas directory, and compiles them. The fileset can include schema files that refer to previously compiled schema components.  The fileset can also contain JAVA files.  The classpath parameter defines the classpath necessary to resolve compiled schema and java references.

The built classes will go into ${build.dir}.

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