Incremental Copy Task

I have a large set of files (8000+ files, 280 megs) that need to be copied on a regular basis (collected from a bunch of directories into a single app directory). After switching from Ant to Gradle, my developers are complaining that the copy task takes a lot longer to run than it used to (on my machine, it’s 50 seconds vs 15 seconds, and I have one of the fastest machines).

After some investigating, it seems that Ant’s copy task is smart enough to copy only what’s changed, while Gradle’s Copy is all or nothing. I believe I saw something about using enabling incremental compilation for compile tasks; is there something similar for Copy tasks?

I know I could use Ant’s copy from inside Gradle, but I’d rather not: I have a single configurator that I use to configure both a Copy task and a Tar task, but if I use ant.copy, I’ll have to maintain two sets of code that do the exact same thing.

Gradle doesn’t support incremental copying at this time. You can either split up the copy task into several, relying on the fact that some of them will be up-to-date. Or you can use the Ant task.

I’ve tried using multiple copy tasks before, but the gains weren’t as large as I’d hoped: partly because one or two files in multiple trees tend to get changed, and partly because of the up-to-date issue I’ve described in another thread ( ).

I guess for now I’ll just use the Ant task :frowning:

Are there plans to add incremental copy support?

Are there plans to add incremental copy support?

It doesn’t have the highest priority, but it will happen. Meanwhile, using an Ant task is your best option.