Gradle daemon not used despite org.gradle.daemon=true

I have setup file in my gradle project directory (same directory as build.gradle file) with value org.gradle.daemon= true but the daemon is not used.

What is the problem? (i am under gradle 1.2)

Make sure not to have any spaces around ‘=’. How did you verify that the daemon isn’t used? If you set a custom property in ‘’, can you access it from the build script?