Tutorial :Ant script to modify a jar


Is there a way I can modify a file in a jar using ant script. Like, I have a x.properties in a y.jar. I want to edit this x.properties and put it back into the y.jar using ant script. Is this possible?


To extract a file from a jar:

<unjar src="y.jar" dest="build">      <patternset>          <include name="x.properties"/>      </patternset>  </unjar>  

To add it back in:

<jar jarfile="y.jar" update="true">      <fileset dir="." includes="x.properties"/>  </jar>  


jar -xvf <filename> extracts a file out of a jar.

jar -uvf <filename> can update a file in the jar.

You can use a script to do this and then use Ant to call the script.


I usually unpack the whole jar file, alter the file I want to alter, and then create a new jar file. I is probably not the fasted way, but my build scrips are not time critical.

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