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12.3.0 October 25, 2017

Compatibility Changes

  • Bump `required_ruby_verion` to Ruby 2.0.0. Rake was already removed to support for Ruby 1.9.x.

Enhancements:

  • Support `test-bundled-gems` task on ruby core.

12.2.1 October 25, 2017

Bug fixes

  • Fixed to break Capistrano::Application on capistrano3.

12.2.0 October 25, 2017

Enhancements:

  • Make rake easier to use as a library Pull request #211 by @drbrain

  • Fix quadratic performance in FileTask#out_of_date? Pull request #224 by @doudou

  • Clarify output when printing nested exception traces Pull request #232 by @urbanautomaton

Bug fixes

  • Account for a file that match 2 or more patterns. Pull request #231 by @styd

12.1.0 December 06, 2016

Enhancements:

  • Added did_you_mean feature for invalid rake task. Pull request #221 by @xtina-starr

  • Enabled to dependency chained by extensions. Pull request #39 by Petr Skocik.

  • Make all of string literals to frozen objects on Ruby 2.4 or later.

Bug fixes

  • Typo fixes in rakefile.rdoc. Pull request #180 by Yuta Kurotaki.

  • Fix unexpected behavior of file task with dryrun option. Pull request #183 by @aycabta.

  • Make LoadError from running tests more obvious. Pull request #195 by Eric Hodel.

  • Fix unexpected TypeError with hash style option. Pull request #202 by Kuniaki IGARASHI.

12.0.0 December 06, 2016

Compatibility Changes

  • Removed arguments on clear #157 by Jesse Bowes

  • Removed `rake/contrib` packages. These are extracted to `rake-contrib` gem.

  • Removed deprecated method named `last_comment`.

Enhancements:

  • Re-use trace option on `cleanup` task. #164 by Brian Henderson

  • Actions adore keyword arguments #174 by Josh Cheek

  • Rake::TaskArguments#key? alias of #has_key? #175 by Paul Annesley

12.0.0.beta1 June 12, 2016  
11.3.0 September 20, 2016

Enhancements:

  • Remove to reference `Fixnum` constant. Pull request #160 by nobu

11.2.2 June 12, 2016

Bug fixes

  • Fix unexpected behavior with multiple dependencies on Rake::TestTask

11.2.1 March 27, 2016  
11.2.0 March 27, 2016

Bug fixes

  • Fix unexpected cut-out behavior on task description using triple dots and exclamation. Report #106 from Stephan K??mper and Pull request #134 by Lee

  • Fix empty argument assignment with `with_defaults` option. Pull request #135 by bakunyo

  • Ignore to use `hwprefs` on Darwin platform. Use sysctl now. Report #128

Enhancements

  • Spawn options for sh Pull equest #138 by Eric Hodel.

  • Allow to specify dependencies(prerequisites) for Rake::TestTask Pull request #117 by Tim Maslyuchenko

  • Use Bundler task instead of hoe for gem release.

  • Remove explicitly load to rubygems for Ruby 1.8.

  • Unify to declare `Rake::VERSION`.

  • Support xz format for PackageTask.

11.1.2 March 27, 2016

Bug fixes

  • Remove `-W` option when Rake::TestTask#verbose enabled. It's misunderstanding specification change with Rake 11. Partly revert #67

11.1.1 March 14, 2016

Bug fixes

  • Use `-W` instead of `–verbose` when Rake::TestTask#verbose enabled. JRuby doesn't have `–verbose` option.

11.1.0 March 11, 2016

Compatibility Changes

  • Revert to remove `last_comment`. It will remove Rake 12.

11.0.1 March 09, 2016

Bug fixes

  • Fixed packaging manifest.

11.0.0 March 09, 2016  
10.5.0 January 13, 2016

Enhancements

  • Removed monkey patching for Ruby 1.8. Pull request #46 by Pablo Herrero.

  • Inheritance class of Rake::FileList returns always self class. Pull request #74 by Thomas Scholz

10.4.2 December 03, 2014

Bug fixes

  • Rake no longer edits ARGV. This allows you to re-exec rake from a rake task. Pull requset #9 by Matt Palmer.

  • Documented how Rake::DSL#desc handles sentences in task descriptions. Issue #7 by Raza Sayed.

  • Fixed test error on 1.9.3 with legacy RubyGems. Issue #8 by Matt Palmer.

  • Deleted duplicated History entry. Pull request #10 by Yuji Yamamoto.

10.4.1 December 02, 2014

Bug fixes

  • Reverted fix for #277 as it caused numerous issues for rake users. rails/spring issue #366 by Gustavo Dutra.

10.4.0 November 25, 2014

Enhancements

  • Upgraded to minitest 5. Pull request #292 by Teo Ljungberg.

  • Added support for Pathname in rake tasks. Pull request #271 by Randy Coulman.

  • Rake now ignores falsy dependencies which allows for easier programmatic creation of tasks. Pull request #273 by Manav.

  • Rake no longer edits ARGV. This allows you to re-exec rake from a rake task. Issue #277 by Matt Palmer.

  • Etc.nprocessors is used for counting the number of CPUs.

Bug fixes

  • Updated rake manpage. Issue #283 by Nathan Long, pull request #291 by skittleys.

  • Add Rake::LATE to allow rebuilding of files that depend on deleted files. Bug #286, pull request #287 by David Grayson.

  • Fix relinking of files when repackaging. Bug #276 by Muenze.

  • Fixed some typos. Pull request #280 by Jed Northridge.

  • Try counting CPUs via cpuinfo if host_os was not matched. Pull request #282 by Edouard B.

10.3.2 May 16, 2014

Bug fixes

  • Rake no longer infinitely loops when showing exception causes that refer to each other. Bug #272 by Chris Bandy.

  • Fixed documentation typos. Bug #275 by Jake Worth.

10.3.1 April 17, 2014

Bug fixes

  • Really stop reporting an error when cleaning already-deleted files. Pull request #269 by Randy Coulman

  • Fixed infinite loop when cleaning already-deleted files on windows.

10.3 / 2014-04-15

Enhancements

  • Added –build-all option to rake which treats all file prerequisites as out-of-date. Pull request #254 by Andrew Gilbert.

  • Added Rake::NameSpace#scope. Issue #263 by Jon San Miguel.

Bug fixes

  • Suppress org.jruby package files in rake error messages for JRuby users. Issue #213 by Charles Nutter.

  • Fixed typo, removed extra “h”. Pull request #267 by Hsing-Hui Hsu.

  • Rake no longer reports an error when cleaning already-deleted files. Pull request #266 by Randy Coulman.

  • Consume stderr while determining CPU count to avoid hang. Issue #268 by Albert Sun.

10.3.0 April 15, 2014

/ 2014-04-15

Enhancements:

  • Added –build-all option to rake which treats all file prerequisites as out-of-date. Pull request #254 by Andrew Gilbert.

  • Added Rake::NameSpace#scope. Issue #263 by Jon San Miguel.

Bug fixes:

  • Suppress org.jruby package files in rake error messages for JRuby users. Issue #213 by Charles Nutter.

  • Fixed typo, removed extra “h”. Pull request #267 by Hsing-Hui Hsu.

  • Rake no longer reports an error when cleaning already-deleted files. Pull request #266 by Randy Coulman.

  • Consume stderr while determining CPU count to avoid hang. Issue #268 by Albert Sun.

10.2.2 March 27, 2014

Bug fixes

  • Restored Ruby 1.8.7 compatibility

10.2.1 March 25, 2014

Bug fixes

  • File tasks including a ':' are now top-level tasks again. Issue #262 by Josh Holtrop.

  • Use sysctl for CPU count for all BSDs. Pull request #261 by Joshua Stein.

  • Fixed CPU detection for unknown platforms.

10.2.0 March 24, 2014

Enhancements

  • Rake now requires Ruby 1.9 or newer. For me, this is a breaking change, but it seems that Jim planned to release it with Rake 10.2. See also pull request #247 by Philip Arndt.

  • Rake now allows you to declare tasks under a namespace like:

    task 'a:b' do ... end

    Pull request #232 by Judson Lester.

  • Task#source defaults to the first prerequisite in non-rule tasks. Pull request #215 by Avdi Grimm.

  • Rake now automatically rebuilds and reloads imported files. Pull request #209 by Randy Coulman.

  • The rake task arguments can contain escaped commas. Pull request #214 by Filip Hrbek.

  • Rake now prints the exception class on errors. Patch #251 by David Cornu.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed typos. Pull request #256 by Valera Rozuvan, #250 via Jake Worth, #260 by Zachary Scott.

  • Fixed documentation for calling tasks with arguments. Pull request #235 by John Varghese.

  • Clarified `rake -f` usage message. Pull request #252 by Marco Pfatschbacher.

  • Fixed a test failure on windows. Pull request #231 by Hiroshi Shirosaki.

  • Fixed corrupted rake.1.gz. Pull request #225 by Michel Boaventura.

  • Fixed bug in can_detect_signals? in test. Patch from #243 by Alexey Borzenkov.

10.1.1 December 20, 2013
10.1.0 June 20, 2013

Changes

New Features
  • Add support for variable length task argument lists. If more actual arguments are supplied than named arguments, then the extra arguments values will be in args.extras.

  • Application name is not displayed in the help banner. (Previously “rake” was hardcoded, now rake-based applications can display their own names).

Bug Fixes

Bug fixes include:

  • Fix backtrace suppression issues.

  • Rules now explicit get task arguments passed to them.

  • Rename FileList#exclude? to FileList#exclude_from_list? to avoid conflict with new Rails method.

  • Clean / Clobber tasks now report failure to remove files.

  • Plus heaps of internal code cleanup.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a lot of these changes. The following people contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Michael Nikitochkin (general code cleanup)

  • Vipul A M (general code cleanup)

  • Dennis Bell (variable length task argument lists)

  • Jacob Swanner (rules arguments)

  • Rafael Rosa Fu (documentation typo)

  • Stuart Nelson (install.rb fixes)

  • Lee Hambley (application name in help banner)

– Jim Weirich

10.1.0.beta.3 April 30, 2013  
10.1.0.beta.2 April 30, 2013  
10.1.0.beta.1 April 26, 2013  
10.0.4 March 25, 2013  
10.0.3 December 12, 2012
"Jim, when will Rake reach version 1.0?"

Over the past several years I've been asked that question at conferences, panels and over twitter. Due to historical reasons (or maybe just plain laziness) Rake has (incorrectly) been treating the second digit of the version as the major release number. So in my head Rake was already at version 9.

Well, it's time to fix things. This next version of Rake drops old, crufty, backwards compatibility hacks such as top level constants, DSL methods defined in Object and numerous other features that are just no longer desired. It's also time to drop the leading zero from the version number as well and call this new version of rake what it really is: Version 10.

So, welcome to Rake 10.0!

Rake 10 is actually feature identical to the latest version of Rake 9 (that would be the version spelled 0.9.3), except that Rake 10 drops all the sundry deprecated features that have accumulated over the years.

If your Rakefile is up to date and current with all the new features of Rake 10, you are ready to go. If your Rakefile still uses a few deprecated feeatures, feel free to use Rake 9 (0.9.3) with the same feature set. Just be aware that future features will be in Rake 10 family line.

Changes

As mentioned above, there are no new features in Rake 10. However, there are a number of features missing:

  • Classic namespaces are now gone. Rake is no longer able to reflect the options settings in the global variables ($rakefile, $show_tasks, $show_prereqs, $trace, $dryrun and $silent). The --classic-namespace option is no longer supported.

  • Global constants are no longer supported. This includes Task, FileTask, FileCreationTask and RakeApp). The constant missing hook to warn about using global rake constants has been removed.

  • The Rake DSL methods (task, file, directory, etc) are in their own module (Rake::DSL). The stub versions of these methods (that printed warnings) in Object have been removed. However, the DSL methods are added to the top-level main object. Since main is not in the inheritance tree, the presence of the DSL methods in main should be low impact on other libraries.

    If you want to use the Rake DSL commands from your own code, just include Rake::DSL into your own classes and modules.

  • The deprecated syntax for task arguments (the one using :needs) has been removed.

  • The --reduce-compat flag has been removed (it's not needed anymore).

  • The deprecated rake/sys.rb library has been removed.

  • The deprecated rake/rdoctask.rb library has been removed. RDoc supplies its own rake task now.

  • The deprecated rake/gempackagetask.rb library has been removed. Gem supplies its own package task now.

There is one small behavioral change:

  • Non-file tasks now always report the current time as their time stamp. This is different from the previous behavior where non-file tasks reported current time only if there were no prerequisites, and the max prerequisite timestamp otherwise. This lead to inconsistent and surprising behavior when adding prerequisites to tasks that in turn were prequisites to file tasks. The new behavior is more consistent and predictable.

Changes (from 0.9.3, 0.9.4, 0.9.5)

Since Rake 10 includes the changes from the last version of Rake 9, we'll repeat the changes for versions 0.9.3 through 0.9.5 here.

New Features (in 0.9.3)
  • Multitask tasks now use a thread pool. Use -j to limit the number of available threads.

  • Use -m to turn regular tasks into multitasks (use at your own risk).

  • You can now do “Rake.add_rakelib 'dir'” in your Rakefile to programatically add rake task libraries.

  • You can specific backtrace suppression patterns (see –suppress-backtrace)

  • Directory tasks can now take prerequisites and actions

  • Use –backtrace to request a full backtrace without the task trace.

  • You can say “–backtrace=stdout” and “–trace=stdout” to route trace output to standard output rather than standard error.

  • Optional 'phony' target (enable with 'require 'rake/phony'“) for special purpose builds.

  • Task#clear now clears task comments as well as actions and prerequisites. Task#clear_comment will specifically target comments.

  • The –all option will force -T and -D to consider all the tasks, with and without descriptions.

Bug Fixes (in 0.9.3)
  • Semi-colons in windows rakefile paths now work.

  • Improved Control-C support when invoking multiple test suites.

  • egrep method now reads files in text mode (better support for Windows)

  • Better deprecation line number reporting.

  • The -W option now works with all tasks, whether they have a description or not.

  • File globs in rake should not be sorted alphabetically, independent of file system and platform.

  • Numerous internal improvements.

  • Documentation typos and fixes.

Bug Fixes (in 0.9.4)
  • Exit status with failing tests is not correctly set to non-zero.

  • Simplified syntax for phony task (for older versions of RDoc).

  • Stand alone FileList usage gets glob function (without loading in extra dependencies)

Bug Fixes (in 0.9.5)
  • –trace and –backtrace no longer swallow following task names.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a lot of these changes. The following people contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Aaron Patterson

  • Dylan Smith

  • Jo Liss

  • Jonas Pfenniger

  • Kazuki Tsujimoto

  • Michael Bishop

  • Michael Elufimov

  • NAKAMURA Usaku

  • Ryan Davis

  • Sam Gr??nblom

  • Sam Phippen

  • Sergio Wong

  • Tay Ray Chuan

  • grosser

  • quix

Also, many thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door.

– Jim Weirich

10.0.2 November 19, 2012

Changes

Bug Fixes
  • –trace and –backtrace no longer swallow following task names.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a lot of these changes. The following people contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Aaron Patterson

  • Dylan Smith

  • Jo Liss

  • Jonas Pfenniger

  • Kazuki Tsujimoto

  • Michael Bishop

  • Michael Elufimov

  • NAKAMURA Usaku

  • Ryan Davis

  • Sam Gr??nblom

  • Sam Phippen

  • Sergio Wong

  • Tay Ray Chuan

  • grosser

  • quix

Also, many thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door.

– Jim Weirich

10.0.1 November 14, 2012

Changes

Bug Fixes
  • Exit status with failing tests is not correctly set to non-zero.

  • Simplified syntax for phony task (for older versions of RDoc).

  • Stand alone FileList usage gets glob function (without loading in extra dependencies)

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a lot of these changes. The following people contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Aaron Patterson

  • Dylan Smith

  • Jo Liss

  • Jonas Pfenniger

  • Kazuki Tsujimoto

  • Michael Bishop

  • Michael Elufimov

  • NAKAMURA Usaku

  • Ryan Davis

  • Sam Gr??nblom

  • Sam Phippen

  • Sergio Wong

  • Tay Ray Chuan

  • grosser

  • quix

Also, many thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door.

– Jim Weirich

10.0.0 November 12, 2012
"Jim, when will Rake reach version 1.0?"

Over the past several years I've been asked that question at conferences, panels and over twitter. Due to historical reasons (or maybe just plain laziness) Rake has (incorrectly) been treating the second digit of the version as the major release number. So in my head Rake was already at version 9.

Well, it's time to fix things. This next version of Rake drops old, crufty, backwards compatibility hacks such as top level constants, DSL methods defined in Object and numerous other features that are just no longer desired. It's also time to drop the leading zero from the version number as well and call this new version of rake what it really is: Version 10.

So, welcome to Rake 10.0!

Rake 10 is actually feature identical to the latest version of Rake 9 (that would be the version spelled 0.9.3), except that Rake 10 drops all the sundry deprecated features that have accumulated over the years.

If your Rakefile is up to date and current with all the new features of Rake 10, you are ready to go. If your Rakefile still uses a few deprecated feeatures, feel free to use Rake 9 (0.9.3) with the same feature set. Just be aware that future features will be in Rake 10 family line.

Changes in 10.0

As mentioned above, there are no new features in Rake 10. However, there are a number of features missing:

  • Classic namespaces are now gone. Rake is no longer able to reflect the options settings in the global variables ($rakefile, $show_tasks, $show_prereqs, $trace, $dryrun and $silent). The --classic-namespace option is no longer supported.

  • Global constants are no longer supported. This includes Task, FileTask, FileCreationTask and RakeApp). The constant missing hook to warn about using global rake constants has been removed.

  • The Rake DSL methods (task, file, directory, etc) are in their own module (Rake::DSL). The stub versions of these methods (that printed warnings) in Object have been removed. However, the DSL methods are added to the top-level main object. Since main is not in the inheritance tree, the presence of the DSL methods in main should be low impact on other libraries.

    If you want to use the Rake DSL commands from your own code, just include Rake::DSL into your own classes and modules.

  • The deprecated syntax for task arguments (the one using :needs) has been removed.

  • The --reduce-compat flag has been removed (it's not needed anymore).

  • The deprecated rake/sys.rb library has been removed.

  • The deprecated rake/rdoctask.rb library has been removed. RDoc supplies its own rake task now.

  • The deprecated rake/gempackagetask.rb library has been removed. Gem supplies its own package task now.

There is one small behavioral change:

  • Non-file tasks now always report the current time as their time stamp. This is different from the previous behavior where non-file tasks reported current time only if there were no prerequisites, and the max prerequisite timestamp otherwise. This lead to inconsistent and surprising behavior when adding prerequisites to tasks that in turn were prequisites to file tasks. The new behavior is more consistent and predictable.

Changes (from 0.9.3)

Since Rake 10 includes the changes from the last version of Rake 9, we'll repeat the changes for version 0.9.3 here.

New Features
  • Multitask tasks now use a thread pool. Use -j to limit the number of available threads.

  • Use -m to turn regular tasks into multitasks (use at your own risk).

  • You can now do “Rake.add_rakelib 'dir'” in your Rakefile to programatically add rake task libraries.

  • You can specific backtrace suppression patterns (see –suppress-backtrace)

  • Directory tasks can now take prerequisites and actions

  • Use –backtrace to request a full backtrace without the task trace.

  • You can say “–backtrace=stdout” and “–trace=stdout” to route trace output to standard output rather than standard error.

  • Optional 'phony' target (enable with 'require 'rake/phony'“) for special purpose builds.

  • Task#clear now clears task comments as well as actions and prerequisites. Task#clear_comment will specifically target comments.

  • The –all option will force -T and -D to consider all the tasks, with and without descriptions.

Bug Fixes
  • Semi-colons in windows rakefile paths now work.

  • Improved Control-C support when invoking multiple test suites.

  • egrep method now reads files in text mode (better support for Windows)

  • Better deprecation line number reporting.

  • The -W option now works with all tasks, whether they have a description or not.

  • File globs in rake should not be sorted alphabetically, independent of file system and platform.

  • Numerous internal improvements.

  • Documentation typos and fixes.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a lot of these changes. The following people contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Aaron Patterson

  • Dylan Smith

  • Jo Liss

  • Jonas Pfenniger

  • Kazuki Tsujimoto

  • Michael Bishop

  • Michael Elufimov

  • NAKAMURA Usaku

  • Ryan Davis

  • Sam Gr??nblom

  • Sam Phippen

  • Sergio Wong

  • Tay Ray Chuan

  • grosser

  • quix

Also, many thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door.

– Jim Weirich

10.0.0.beta.2 October 26, 2012  
10.0.0.beta.1 October 25, 2012  
0.9.6 December 12, 2012

Rake version 0.9.6 contains a number of fixes mainly for merging Rake into the Ruby source tree and fixing tests.

Changes

Bug Fixes (0.9.6)
  • Better trace output when using a multi-threaded Rakefile.

  • Arg parsing is now consistent for tasks and multitasks.

  • Skip exit code test in versions of Ruby that don't support it well.

Changes for better integration with the Ruby source tree:

  • Fix version literal for Ruby source tree build.

  • Better loading of libraries for testing in Ruby build.

  • Use the ruby version provided by Ruby's tests.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Aaron Patterson

  • Dylan Smith

  • Jo Liss

  • Jonas Pfenniger

  • Kazuki Tsujimoto

  • Michael Bishop

  • Michael Elufimov

  • NAKAMURA Usaku

  • Ryan Davis

  • Sam Gr??nblom

  • Sam Phippen

  • Sergio Wong

  • Tay Ray Chuan

  • grosser

  • quix

Also, many thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door.

– Jim Weirich

0.9.5 November 19, 2012

Rake version 0.9.5 contains a number of bug fixes.

Changes

Bug Fixes (0.9.5)
  • –trace and –backtrace no longer swallow following task names.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Aaron Patterson

  • Dylan Smith

  • Jo Liss

  • Jonas Pfenniger

  • Kazuki Tsujimoto

  • Michael Bishop

  • Michael Elufimov

  • NAKAMURA Usaku

  • Ryan Davis

  • Sam Gr??nblom

  • Sam Phippen

  • Sergio Wong

  • Tay Ray Chuan

  • grosser

  • quix

Also, many thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door.

– Jim Weirich

0.9.4 November 14, 2012

Rake version 0.9.4 contains a number of bug fixes.

Changes

Bug Fixes (0.9.4)
  • Exit status with failing tests is not correctly set to non-zero.

  • Simplified syntax for phony task (for older versions of RDoc).

  • Stand alone FileList usage gets glob function (without loading in extra dependencies)

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Aaron Patterson

  • Dylan Smith

  • Jo Liss

  • Jonas Pfenniger

  • Kazuki Tsujimoto

  • Michael Bishop

  • Michael Elufimov

  • NAKAMURA Usaku

  • Ryan Davis

  • Sam Gr??nblom

  • Sam Phippen

  • Sergio Wong

  • Tay Ray Chuan

  • grosser

  • quix

Also, many thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door.

– Jim Weirich

0.9.3 November 12, 2012

Rake version 0.9.3 contains some new, backwards compatible features and a number of bug fixes.

Changes

New Features
  • Multitask tasks now use a thread pool. Use -j to limit the number of available threads.

  • Use -m to turn regular tasks into multitasks (use at your own risk).

  • You can now do “Rake.add_rakelib 'dir'” in your Rakefile to programatically add rake task libraries.

  • You can specific backtrace suppression patterns (see –suppress-backtrace)

  • Directory tasks can now take prerequisites and actions

  • Use –backtrace to request a full backtrace without the task trace.

  • You can say “–backtrace=stdout” and “–trace=stdout” to route trace output to standard output rather than standard error.

  • Optional 'phony' target (enable with 'require 'rake/phony'“) for special purpose builds.

  • Task#clear now clears task comments as well as actions and prerequisites. Task#clear_comment will specifically target comments.

  • The –all option will force -T and -D to consider all the tasks, with and without descriptions.

Bug Fixes
  • Semi-colons in windows rakefile paths now work.

  • Improved Control-C support when invoking multiple test suites.

  • egrep method now reads files in text mode (better support for Windows)

  • Better deprecation line number reporting.

  • The -W option now works with all tasks, whether they have a description or not.

  • File globs in rake should not be sorted alphabetically, independent of file system and platform.

  • Numerous internal improvements.

  • Documentation typos and fixes.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Aaron Patterson

  • Dylan Smith

  • Jo Liss

  • Jonas Pfenniger

  • Kazuki Tsujimoto

  • Michael Bishop

  • Michael Elufimov

  • NAKAMURA Usaku

  • Ryan Davis

  • Sam Gr??nblom

  • Sam Phippen

  • Sergio Wong

  • Tay Ray Chuan

  • grosser

  • quix

Also, many thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door.

– Jim Weirich

Rake 0.9.2.2

Rake version 0.9.2.2 is mainly bug fixes.

Changes

  • The rake test loader now removes arguments it has processed. Issue #51

  • Rake::TaskArguments now responds to #values_at

  • RakeFileUtils.verbose_flag = nil silences output the same as 0.8.7

  • Rake tests are now directory-independent

  • Rake tests are no longer require flexmock

  • Commands constant is no longer polluting top level namespace.

  • Show only the interesting portion of the backtrace by default (James M. Lawrence).

  • Added –reduce-compat option to remove backward compatible DSL hacks (James M. Lawrence).

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence (quix)

  • Roger Pack

  • Cezary Baginski

  • Sean Scot August Moon

  • R.T. Lechow

  • Alex Chaffee

  • James Tucker

  • Matthias L??dtke

  • Santiago Pastorino

Also, bit thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door (where “assisting” includes, but is not by any means limited to, “pushing” me to get it done).

– Jim Weirich

0.9.3.beta.4 November 09, 2012  
0.9.3.beta.3 October 25, 2012  
0.9.3.beta.2 October 22, 2012  
0.9.3.beta.1 August 06, 2011  
0.9.2.2 October 22, 2011

Rake version 0.9.2.2 is mainly bug fixes.

Changes

  • The rake test loader now removes arguments it has processed. Issue #51

  • Rake::TaskArguments now responds to #values_at

  • RakeFileUtils.verbose_flag = nil silences output the same as 0.8.7

  • Rake tests are now directory-independent

  • Rake tests are no longer require flexmock

  • Commands constant is no longer polluting top level namespace.

  • Show only the interesting portion of the backtrace by default (James M. Lawrence).

  • Added –reduce-compat option to remove backward compatible DSL hacks (James M. Lawrence).

What is Rake

Rake is a build tool similar to the make program in many ways. But instead of cryptic make recipes, Rake uses standard Ruby code to declare tasks and dependencies. You have the full power of a modern scripting language built right into your build tool.

Availability

The easiest way to get and install rake is via RubyGems …

gem install rake    (you may need root/admin privileges)

Otherwise, you can get it from the more traditional places:

Home Page

rake.rubyforge.org/

Download

rubyforge.org/project/showfiles.php?group_id=50

GitHub

git://github.com/jimweirich/rake.git

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence (quix)

  • Roger Pack

  • Cezary Baginski

  • Sean Scot August Moon

  • R.T. Lechow

  • Alex Chaffee

  • James Tucker

  • Matthias Lüdtke

  • Santiago Pastorino

Also, bit thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door (where “assisting” includes, but is not by any means limited to, “pushing” me to get it done).

– Jim Weirich

0.9.2 June 05, 2011

Rake version 0.9.2 has a few small fixes. See below for details.

Changes

  • Support for Ruby 1.8.6 was fixed.

  • Global DSL warnings now honor –no-deprecate

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence (quix)

  • Roger Pack

  • Cezary Baginski

  • Sean Scot August Moon

  • R.T. Lechow

  • Alex Chaffee

  • James Tucker

  • Matthias L??dtke

  • Santiago Pastorino

Also, bit thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door (where “assisting” includes, but is not by any means limited to, “pushing” me to get it done).

– Jim Weirich

0.9.1 June 01, 2011

Rake version 0.9.1 has a number of bug fixes and enhancments (see below for more details). Additionally, the internals have be slightly restructured and improved.

Changes

Rake 0.9.1 adds back the global DSL methods, but with deprecation messages. This allows Rake 0.9.1 to be used with older rakefiles with warning messages.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence (quix)

  • Roger Pack

  • Cezary Baginski

  • Sean Scot August Moon

  • R.T. Lechow

  • Alex Chaffee

  • James Tucker

  • Matthias L??dtke

  • Santiago Pastorino

Also, bit thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door (where “assisting” includes, but is not by any means limited to, “pushing” me to get it done).

– Jim Weirich

0.9.0 May 20, 2011

Rake version 0.9.0 has a number of bug fixes and enhancments (see below for more details). Additionally, the internals have be slightly restructured and improved.

Changes

New Features / Enhancements / Bug Fixes in Version 0.9.0
  • Rake now warns when the deprecated :needs syntax used (and suggests the proper syntax in the warning).

  • Moved Rake DSL commands to top level ruby object 'main'. Rake DSL commands are no longer private methods in Object. (Suggested by James M. Lawrence/quix)

  • Rake now uses case-insensitive comparisons to find the Rakefile on Windows. Based on patch by Roger Pack.

  • Rake now requires (instead of loads) files in the test task. Patch by Cezary Baginski.

  • Fixed typos. Patches by Sean Scot August Moon and R.T. Lechow.

  • Rake now prints the Rakefile directory only when it's different from the current directory. Patch by Alex Chaffee.

  • Improved rakefile_location discovery on Windows. Patch by James Tucker.

  • Rake now recognizes “Windows Server” as a windows system. Patch by Matthias L??dtke

  • Rake::RDocTask is deprecated. Use RDoc::Task from RDoc 2.4.2+ (require 'rdoc/task')

  • Rake::GemPackageTask is deprecated. Use Gem::PackageTask (require 'rubygems/package_task')

  • Rake now outputs various messages to $stderr instead of $stdout.

  • Rake no longer emits warnings for Config. Patch by Santiago Pastorino.

  • Removed Rake's DSL methods from the top level scope. If you need to call 'task :xzy' in your code, include Rake::DSL into your class, or put the code in a Rake::DSL.environment do … end block.

  • Split rake.rb into individual files.

  • Support for the –where (-W) flag for showing where a task is defined.

  • Fixed quoting in test task. (onestepback.org/redmine/issues/show/44, www.pivotaltracker.com/story/show/1223138)

  • Fixed the silent option parsing problem. (onestepback.org/redmine/issues/show/47)

  • Fixed :verbose=>false flag on sh and ruby commands.

  • Rake command line options may be given by default in a RAKEOPT environment variable.

  • Errors in Rake will now display the task invocation chain in effect at the time of the error.

  • Accepted change by warnickr to not expand test patterns in shell (allowing more files in the test suite).

  • Fixed that file tasks did not perform prereq lookups in scope (Redmine #57).

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence (quix)

  • Roger Pack

  • Cezary Baginski

  • Sean Scot August Moon

  • R.T. Lechow

  • Alex Chaffee

  • James Tucker

  • Matthias L??dtke

  • Santiago Pastorino

Also, bit thanks to Eric Hodel for assisting with getting this release out the door (where “assisting” includes, but is not by any means limited to, “pushing” me to get it done).

– Jim Weirich

0.9.0.beta.5 March 13, 2011  
0.9.0.beta.4 March 06, 2011  
0.9.0.beta.2 March 05, 2011  
0.9.0.beta.1 February 28, 2011  
0.9.0.beta.0 February 22, 2011  
0.8.7 May 15, 2009

Rake version 0.8.5 introduced greatly improved support for executing commands on Windows. The “sh” command now has the same semantics on Windows that it has on Unix based platforms.

Rake version 0.8.6 includes minor fixes the the RDoc generation. Rake version 0.8.7 includes a minor fix for JRuby running on windows.

Changes

New Features / Enhancements in Version 0.8.5
  • Improved implementation of the Rake system command for Windows. (patch from James M. Lawrence/quix)

  • Support for Ruby 1.9's improved system command. (patch from James

    1. Lawrence/quix)

  • Rake now includes the configured extension when invoking an executable (Config::CONFIG)

Bug Fixes in Version 0.8.5
  • Environment variable keys are now correctly cased (it matters in some implementations).

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Charles Nutter

– Jim Weirich

0.8.6 May 11, 2009

Rake version 0.8.5 introduced greatly improved support for executing commands on Windows. The “sh” command now has the same semantics on Windows that it has on Unix based platforms.

Rake version 0.8.5 includes minor fixes the the RDoc generation.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence/quix

  • Luis Lavena

– Jim Weirich

0.8.5 May 06, 2009

Rake version 0.8.5 is a new release of Rake with greatly improved support for executing commands on Windows. The “sh” command now has the same semantics on Windows that it has on Unix based platforms.

Changes

New Features / Enhancements in Version 0.8.5
  • Improved implementation of the Rake system command for Windows. (patch from James M. Lawrence/quix)

  • Support for Ruby 1.9's improved system command. (patch from James

    1. Lawrence/quix)

  • Rake now includes the configured extension when invoking an executable (Config::CONFIG)

Bug Fixes in Version 0.8.5
  • Environment variable keys are now correctly cased (it matters in some implementations).

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence/quix

  • Luis Lavena

– Jim Weirich

0.8.4 March 04, 2009

Rake version 0.8.4 is a bug-fix release of rake.

NOTE: The version of Rake that comes with Ruby 1.9 has diverged

slightly from the core Rake code base.  Rake 0.8.4 will work
with Ruby 1.9, but is not a strict upgrade for the Rake that
comes with Ruby 1.9.  A (near) future release of Rake will unify
those two codebases.

Letter Writing Campaign

Thanks to Aaron Patterson (@tenderlove) and Eric Hodel (@drbrain) for their encouraging support in organizing a letter writing campaign to lobby for the “Warning Free” release of rake 0.8.4. A special callout goes to Jonathan D. Lord, Sr (Dr. Wingnut) whose postcard was the first to actually reach me. (see tenderlovemaking.com/2009/02/26/we-need-a-new-version-of-rake/ for details)

Changes

New Features / Enhancements in Version 0.8.4
  • Case is preserved on rakefile names. (patch from James

    1. Lawrence/quix)

  • Improved Rakefile case insensitivity testing (patch from Luis Lavena).

  • Windows system dir search order is now: HOME, HOMEDRIVE + HOMEPATH, APPDATA, USERPROFILE (patch from Luis Lavena)

  • MingGW is now recognized as a windows platform. (patch from Luis Lavena)

Bug Fixes in Version 0.8.4
  • Removed reference to manage_gem to fix the warning produced by the gem package task.

  • Fixed stray ARGV option problem that was interfering with Test::Unit::Runner. (patch from Pivotal Labs)

Infrastructure Improvements in Version 0.8.4
  • Numerous fixes to the windows test suite (patch from Luis Lavena).

  • Improved Rakefile case insensitivity testing (patch from Luis Lavena).

  • Better support for windows paths in the test task (patch from Simon Chiang/bahuvrihi)

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence/quix

  • Luis Lavena

  • Pivotal Labs

  • Simon Chiang/bahuvrihi

– Jim Weirich

0.8.3 September 25, 2008

Rake version 0.8.3 is a bug-fix release of rake.

Changes

Bug Fixes in Version 0.8.3
  • Enhanced the system directory detection in windows. We now check HOMEDRIVE/HOMEPATH and USERPROFILE if APPDATA isn't found. (Patch supplied by James Tucker). Rake no long aborts if it can't find the directory.

  • Added fix to handle ruby installations in directories with spaces in their name.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Edwin Pratomo

  • Gavin Stark

  • Adam Q. Salter

  • Adam Majer

  • Emanuel Inderm??hle

  • Ittay Dror

  • Bheeshmar Redheendran (for spending an afternoon with me debugging windows issues)

– Jim Weirich

0.8.2 September 09, 2008

Rake version 0.8.2 is a new release of rake that includes a number of new features and numerous bug fixes.

Changes

New Features in Version 0.8.2
  • Switched from getoptlong to optparse (patches supplied by Edwin Pratomo).

  • The -T option will now attempt to dynamically sense the size of the terminal. The -T output will only self-truncate if the output is a tty. However, if RAKE_COLUMNS is explicitly set, it will be honored in any case. (Patch provided by Gavin Stark).

  • The following public methods have been added to rake task objects:

    • task.clear – Clear both the prerequisites and actions of the target rake task.

    • task.clear_prerequisites – Clear all the existing prerequisites from the target rake task.

    • task.clear_actions – Clear all the existing actions from the target rake task.

    • task.reenable – Re-enable a task, allowing its actions to be executed again if the task is invoked.

  • Changed RDoc test task to have no default template. This makes it easier for the tempate to pick up the template from the environment.

  • Default values for task arguments can easily be specified with the :with_defaults method. (Idea for default argument merging supplied by (Adam Q. Salter)

Bug Fixes in Version 0.8.2
  • Fixed bug in package task so that it will include the subdir directory in the package for testing. (Bug found by Adam Majer)

  • Fixed filename dependency order bug in test_inspect_pending and test_to_s_pending. (Bug found by Adam Majer)

  • Fixed check for file utils options to make them immune to the symbol/string differences. (Patch supplied by Edwin Pratomo)

  • Fixed bug with rules involving multiple source, where only the first dependency of a rule has any effect (Patch supplied by Emanuel Inderm??hle)

  • FileList#clone and FileList#dup have better sematics w.r.t. taint and freeze.

  • Changed from using Mutex to Monitor. Evidently Mutex causes thread join errors when Ruby is compiled with -disable-pthreads. (Patch supplied by Ittay Dror)

  • Fixed bug in makefile parser that had problems with extra spaces in file task names. (Patch supplied by Ittay Dror)

Other changes in Version 0.8.2

  • Added ENV var to rake's own Rakefile to prevent OS X from including extended attribute junk in the rake package tar file. (Bug found by Adam Majer)

  • Added a performance patch for reading large makefile dependency files. (Patch supplied by Ittay Dror)

Task Argument Examples

Prior to version 0.8.0, rake was only able to handle command line arguments of the form NAME=VALUE that were passed into Rake via the ENV hash. Many folks had asked for some kind of simple command line arguments, perhaps using “–” to separate regular task names from argument values on the command line. The problem is that there was no easy way to associate positional arguments on the command line with different tasks. Suppose both tasks :a and :b expect a command line argument: does the first value go with :a? What if :b is run first? Should it then get the first command line argument.

Rake 0.8.0 solves this problem by explicitly passing values directly to the tasks that need them. For example, if I had a release task that required a version number, I could say:

rake release[0.8.2]

And the string “0.8.2” will be passed to the :release task. Multiple arguments can be passed by separating them with a comma, for example:

rake name[john,doe]

Just a few words of caution. The rake task name and its arguments need to be a single command line argument to rake. This generally means no spaces. If spaces are needed, then the entire rake + argument string should be quoted. Something like this:

rake "name[billy bob, smith]"

(Quoting rules vary between operating systems and shells, so make sure you consult the proper docs for your OS/shell).

Tasks that Expect Parameters

Parameters are only given to tasks that are setup to expect them. In order to handle named parameters, the task declaration syntax for tasks has been extended slightly.

For example, a task that needs a first name and last name might be declared as:

task :name, :first_name, :last_name

The first argument is still the name of the task (:name in this case). The next to argumements are the names of the parameters expected by :name (:first_name and :last_name in the example).

To access the values of the parameters, the block defining the task behaviour can now accept a second parameter:

task :name, :first_name, :last_name do |t, args|
  puts "First name is #{args.first_name}"
  puts "Last  name is #{args.last_name}"
end

The first argument of the block “t” is always bound to the current task object. The second argument “args” is an open-struct like object that allows access to the task arguments. Extra command line arguments to a task are ignored. Missing command line arguments are given the nil value.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Edwin Pratomo

  • Gavin Stark

  • Adam Q. Salter

  • Adam Majer

  • Emanuel Inderm??hle

  • Ittay Dror

  • Bheeshmar Redheendran (for spending an afternoon with me debugging windows issues)

– Jim Weirich

0.8.1 December 26, 2007
  • Removed requires on parsedate.rb (in Ftptools)

  • Removed ftools from rake.rb. Made it options in sys.rb

0.8.0 December 20, 2007

/0.8.1

Rake version 0.8.0 is a new release of rake that includes serveral new features.

Changes

New Features in Version 0.8.0
  • Tasks can now receive command line parameters. See the examples below for more details.

  • Comments are limited to 80 columns on output, but full comments can be seen by using the -D parameter. (feature suggested by Jamis Buck).

  • Explicit exit(n) calls will now set the exit status to n. (patch provided by Stephen Touset).

  • Rake is now compatible with Ruby 1.9.

Version 0.8.1 is a minor update that includes additional Ruby 1.9 compatibility fixes.

Task Argument Examples

Prior to version 0.8.0, rake was only able to handle command line arguments of the form NAME=VALUE that were passed into Rake via the ENV hash. Many folks had asked for some kind of simple command line arguments, perhaps using “–” to separate regular task names from argument values on the command line. The problem is that there was no easy way to associate positional arguments on the command line with different tasks. Suppose both tasks :a and :b expect a command line argument: does the first value go with :a? What if :b is run first? Should it then get the first command line argument.

Rake 0.8.0 solves this problem by explicitly passing values directly to the tasks that need them. For example, if I had a release task that required a version number, I could say:

rake release[0.8.0]

And the string “0.8.0” will be passed to the :release task. Multiple arguments can be passed by separating them with a comma, for example:

rake name[john,doe]

Just a few words of caution. The rake task name and its arguments need to be a single command line argument to rake. This generally means no spaces. If spaces are needed, then the entire rake + argument string should be quoted. Something like this:

rake "name[billy bob, smith]"

(Quoting rules vary between operating systems and shells, so make sure you consult the proper docs for your OS/shell).

Tasks that Expect Parameters

Parameters are only given to tasks that are setup to expect them. In order to handle named parameters, the task declaration syntax for tasks has been extended slightly.

For example, a task that needs a first name and last name might be declared as:

task :name, :first_name, :last_name

The first argument is still the name of the task (:name in this case). The next to argumements are the names of the parameters expected by :name (:first_name and :last_name in the example).

To access the values of the parameters, the block defining the task behaviour can now accept a second parameter:

task :name, :first_name, :last_name do |t, args|
  puts "First name is #{args.first_name}"
  puts "Last  name is #{args.last_name}"
end

The first argument of the block “t” is always bound to the current task object. The second argument “args” is an open-struct like object that allows access to the task arguments. Extra command line arguments to a task are ignored. Missing command line arguments are given the nil value.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Jamis Buck (for comment formatting suggestions)

  • Stephen Touset (for exit status patch).

– Jim Weirich

0.7.3 April 20, 2007

Rake version 0.7.3 is a minor release that includes some refactoring to better support custom Rake applications.

Changes

New Features in Version 0.7.3
  • Added the init and top_level methods to make the creation of custom Rake applications a bit easier. E.g.

    gem 'rake', ">= 0.7.3"
    require 'rake'
    
    Rake.application.init('myrake')
    
    task :default do
      something_interesting
    end
    
    Rake.application.top_level
    

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

– Jim Weirich

0.7.2 February 27, 2007

Version 0.7.2 supplies a bug fix and a few minor enhancements. In particular, the new version fixes an incompatibility with the soon to be released Ruby 1.8.6. We strongly recommend upgrading to Rake 0.7.2 in order to be compatible with the new version of Ruby.

Changes

Bug Fixes in 0.7.2

There are quite a number of bug fixes in the new 0.7.2 version of Rake:

  • Removed dependency on internal fu_xxx functions from FileUtils.

  • Error messages are now send to stderr rather than stdout (from Payton Quackenbush).

  • Better error handling on invalid command line arguments (from Payton Quackenbush).

  • Fixed some bugs where the application object was going to the global appliation instead of using its own data.

  • Fixed the method name leak from FileUtils (bug found by Glenn Vanderburg).

  • Added test for noop, bad_option and verbose flags to sh command.

  • Added a description to the gem task in GemPackageTask.

  • Fixed a bug when rules have multiple prerequisites (patch by Joel VanderWerf)

  • Added the handful of RakeFileUtils to the private method as well.

New Features in 0.7.2

The following new features are available in Rake version 0.7.2:

  • Added square and curly bracket patterns to FileList#include (Tilman Sauerbeck).

  • FileLists can now pass a block to FileList#exclude to exclude files based on calculated values.

  • Added plain filename support to rule dependents (suggested by Nobu Nakada).

  • Added pathmap support to rule dependents. In other words, if a pathmap format (beginning with a '%') is given as a Rake rule dependent, then the name of the depend will be the name of the target with the pathmap format applied.

  • Added a 'tasks' method to a namespace to get a list of tasks associated with the namespace.

  • Added tar_command and zip_command options to the Package task.

  • The clean task will no longer delete 'core' if it is a directory.

Internal Rake Improvements

The following changes will are mainly internal improvements and refactorings and have little effect on the end user. But they may be of interest to the general public.

  • Added rcov task and updated unit testing for better code coverage.

  • Added a 'shame' task to the Rakefile.

  • Added rake_extension to handle detection of extension collisions.

  • Added a protected 'require “rubygems”' to test/test_application to unbreak cruisecontrol.rb.

  • Removed rake_dup. Now we just simply rescue a bad dup.

  • Refactored the FileList reject logic to remove duplication.

  • Removed if __FILE__ at the end of the rake.rb file.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Payton Quackenbush – For several error handling improvements.

  • Glenn Vanderburg – For finding and fixing the method name leak from FileUtils.

  • Joel VanderWerf – for finding and fixing a bug in the handling of multiple prerequisites.

  • Tilman Sauerbeck – For some enhancing FileList to support more advanced file globbing.

  • Nobu Nakada – For suggesting plain file name support to rule dependents.

– Jim Weirich

0.7.1 April 03, 2006

Version 0.7.1 supplies a bug fix and a few minor enhancements.

Changes

Bug Fixes in 0.7.1
  • Changes in the exception reported for the FileUtils.ln caused safe_ln to fail with a NotImplementedError. Rake 0.7.1 will now catch that error or any StandardError and properly fall back to using cp.

New Features in 0.7.1
  • You can filter the results of the –task option by supplying an optional regular expression. This allows the user to easily find a particular task name in a long list of possible names.

  • Transforming procs in a rule may now return a list of prerequisites. This allows more flexible rule formation.

  • FileList and String now support a pathmap melthod that makes the transforming paths a bit easier. See the API docs for pathmap for details.

  • The -f option without a value will disable the search for a Rakefile. This allows the Rakefile to be defined entirely in a library (and loaded with the -r option). The current working directory is not changed when this is done.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James Britt and Assaph Mehr for reporting and helping to debug the safe_ln issue.

– Jim Weirich

0.7.0 January 19, 2006

These changes for Rake have been brewing for a long time. Here they are, I hope you enjoy them.

Changes

New Features
  • Name space support for task names (see below).

  • Prerequisites can be executed in parallel (see below).

  • Added safe_ln support for openAFS (via Ludvig Omholt).

  • RDoc defaults to internal (in-process) invocation. The old behavior is still available by setting the external flag to true.

  • Rakefiles are now loaded with the expanded path to prevent accidental pollution from the Ruby load path.

  • Task objects my now be used in prerequisite lists directly.

  • Task objects (in addition to task names) may now be included in the prerequisite list of a task.

  • Internals cleanup and refactoring.

Bug Fixes
  • Compatibility fixes for Ruby 1.8.4 FileUtils changes.

Namespaces

Tasks can now be nested inside their own namespaces. Tasks within one namespace will not accidentally interfer with tasks named in a different namespace.

For example:

namespace "main" do
  task :build do
    # Build the main program
  end
end

namespace "samples" do
  task :build do
    # Build the sample programs
  end
end

task :build_all => ["main:build", "samples:build"]

Even though both tasks are named :build, they are separate tasks in their own namespaces. The :build_all task (defined in the toplevel namespace) references both build tasks in its prerequisites.

You may invoke each of the individual build tasks with the following commands:

rake main:build
rake samples:build

Or invoke both via the :build_all command:

rake build_all

Namespaces may be nested arbitrarily. Since the name of file tasks correspond to the name of a file in the external file system, FileTasks are not affected by the namespaces.

See the Rakefile format documentation (in the Rake API documents) for more information.

Parallel Tasks

Sometimes you have several tasks that can be executed in parallel. By specifying these tasks as prerequisites to a multitask task.

In the following example the tasks copy_src, copy_doc and copy_bin will all execute in parallel in their own thread.

multitask :copy_files => [:copy_src, :copy_doc, :copy_bin] do
  puts "All Copies Complete"
end

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Doug Young (inspiration for the parallel task)

  • David Heinemeier Hansson (for –trace message enhancement and for pushing for namespace support).

  • Ludvig Omholt (for the openAFS fix)

– Jim Weirich

0.6.2 October 06, 2005  
0.6.0 September 05, 2005

Its time for some long requested enhancements and lots of bug fixes … And a whole new web page.

New Web Page

The primary documentation for rake has moved from the RubyForge based wiki to its own Hieraki based web site. Constant spam on the wiki made it a difficult to keep clean. The new site will be easier to update and organize.

Check out the new documentation at: docs.rubyrake.org

We will be adding new documentation to the site as time goes on.

In addition to the new docs page, make sure you check out Martin Fowlers article on rake at martinfowler.com/articles/rake.html

Changes

New Features
  • Multiple prerequisites on Rake rules now allowed. However, keep the following in mind:

    1. All the prerequisites of a rule must be available before a rule is triggered, where “enabled” means (a) an existing file, (b) a defined rule, or © another rule which also must be trigger-able.

    2. Rules are checked in order of definition, so it is important to order your rules properly. If a file can be created by two different rules, put the more specific rule first (otherwise the more general rule will trigger first and the specific one will never be triggered).

    3. The source method now returns the name of the first prerequisite listed in the rule. sources returns the names of all the rule prerequisites, ordered as they are defined in the rule. If the task has other prerequisites not defined in the rule (but defined in an explicit task definition), then they will not be included in the sources list.

  • FileLists may now use the egrep command. This popular enhancement is now a core part of the FileList object. If you want to get a list of all your to-dos, fixmes and TBD comments, add the following to your Rakefile.

    desc "Look for TODO and FIXME tags in the code"
    task :todo do
      FileList['**/*.rb'].egrep /#.*(FIXME|TODO|TBD)/
    end
  • The investigation method was added to task object to dump out some important values. This makes it a bit easier to debug Rake tasks.

    For example, if you are having problems with a particular task, just print it out:

    task :huh do
      puts Rake::Task['huh'].investigation
    end
  • The Rake::TestTask class now supports a “ruby_opts” option to pass arbitrary ruby options to a test subprocess.

Some Incompatibilities
  • When using the ruby command to start a Ruby subprocess, the Ruby interpreter that is currently running rake is used by default. This makes it easier to use rake in an environment with multiple ruby installation. (Previously, the first ruby command found in the PATH was used).

    If you wish to chose a different Ruby interpreter, you can explicitly choose the interpreter via the sh command.

  • The major rake classes (Task, FileTask, FileCreationTask, RakeApp) have been moved out of the toplevel scope and are now accessible as Rake::Task, Rake::FileTask, Rake::FileCreationTask and Rake::Application. If your Rakefile directly references any one of these tasks, you may:

    1. Update your Rakefile to use the new classnames

    2. Use the –classic-namespace option on the rake command to get the old behavior,

    3. Add require 'rake/classic_namespace' to the Rakefile to get the old behavior.

    rake will print a rather annoying warning whenever a deprecated class name is referenced without enabling classic namespace.

Bug Fixes
  • Several unit tests and functional tests were fixed to run better under windows.

  • Directory tasks are now a specialized version of a File task. A directory task will only be triggered if it doesn't exist. It will not be triggered if it is out of date w.r.t. any of its prerequisites.

  • Fixed a bug in the Rake::GemPackageTask class so that the gem now properly contains the platform name.

  • Fixed a bug where a prerequisite on a file task would cause an exception if the prerequisite did not exist.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • Greg Fast (better ruby_opt test options)

  • Kelly Felkins (requested by better namespace support)

  • Martin Fowler (suggested Task.investigation)

  • Stuart Jansen (send initial patch for multiple prerequisites).

  • Masao Mutch (better support for non-ruby Gem platforms)

  • Philipp Neubeck (patch for file task exception fix)

– Jim Weirich

0.5.4 April 30, 2005

Time for some minor bug fixes and small enhancements

Changes

Here are the changes for version 0.5.4 …

  • Added double quotes to the test runner. This allows the location of the tests (and runner) to be in a directory path that contains spaces (e.g. “C:/Program Files/ruby/bin”).

  • Added .svn to default ignore list. Now subversion project metadata is automatically ignored by Rake's FileList.

  • Updated FileList#include to support nested arrays and filelists. FileLists are flat lists of file names. Using a FileList in an include will flatten out the nested file names.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. Thanks to …

  • Tilman Sauerbeck for the nested FileList suggestion.

  • Josh Knowles for pointing out the spaces in directory name problem.

– Jim Weirich

0.5.3 April 09, 2005

Although it has only been two weeks since the last release, we have enough updates to the Rake program to make it time for another release.

Changes

Here are the changes for version 0.5.3 …

  • FileLists have been extensively changed so that they mimic the behavior of real arrays even more closely. In particular, operations on FileLists that return a new collection (e.g. collect, reject) will now return a FileList rather than an array. In addition, several places where FileLists were not properly expanded before use have been fixed.

  • A method (ext) to simplify the handling of file extensions was added to String and to Array.

  • The 'testrb' script in test/unit tends to silently swallow syntax errors in test suites. Because of that, the default test loader is now a rake-provided script. You can still use 'testrb' by setting the loader flag in the test task to :testrb. (See the API documents for TestTask for all the loader flag values).

  • FileUtil methods (e.g. cp, mv, install) are now declared to be private. This will cut down on the interference with user defined methods of the same name.

  • Fixed the verbose flag in the TestTask so that the test code is controlled by the flag. Also shortened up some failure messages. (Thanks to Tobias Luetke for the suggestion).

  • Rules will now properly detect a task that can generate a source file. Previously rules would only consider source files that were already present.

  • Added an import command that allows Rake to dynamically import dependendencies into a running Rake session. The import command can run tasks to update the dependency file before loading them. Dependency files can be in rake or make format, allowing rake to work with tools designed to generate dependencies for make.

Thanks

As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. Thanks to …

  • Brian Gernhardt for the rules fix (especially for the patience to explain the problem to me until I got what he was talking about).

  • Stefan Lang for pointing out problems in the dark corners of the FileList implementation.

  • Alexey Verkhovsky pointing out the silently swallows syntax errors in tests.

  • Tobias Luetke for beautifying the test task output.

  • Sam Roberts for some of the ideas behind dependency loading.

– Jim Weirich

0.5.0 March 25, 2005

It has been a long time in coming, but we finally have a new version of Rake available.

Changes

  • Fixed documentation that was lacking the Rake module name (Tilman Sauerbeck).

  • Added tar.gz and tar.bz2 support to package task (Tilman Sauerbeck).

  • Recursive rules are now supported (Tilman Sauerbeck).

  • Added warning option for the Test Task (requested by Eric Hodel).

  • The jamis rdoc template is only used if it exists.

  • Added fix for Ruby 1.8.2 test/unit and rails problem.

  • Added contributed rake man file (Jani Monoses).

  • Added Brian Candler's fix for problems in –trace and –dry-run mode.

Thanks

Lots of people provided input to this release. Thanks to Tilman Sauerbeck for numerous patches, documentation fixes and suggestions. And for also pushing me to get this release out. Also, thanks to Brian Candler for the finding and fixing –trace/dry-run fix. That was an obscure bug. Also to Eric Hodel for some good suggestions.

– Jim Weirich

0.4.15 January 03, 2005

Changes

Version 0.4.15 is a bug fix update for the Ruby 1.8.2 compatibility changes. This release includes:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the TESTOPTS flag from working with the revised for 1.8.2 test task.

  • Updated the docs on –trace to indicate that it also enables a full backtrace on errors.

  • Several fixes for new warnings generated.

Mini-Roadmap

I will continue to issue Rake updates in the 0.4.xx series as new

0.4.14 December 30, 2004

Version 0.4.14 is a compatibility fix to allow Rake's test task to work under Ruby 1.8.2. A change in the Test::Unit autorun feature prevented Rake from running any tests. This release fixes the problem.

Rake 0.4.14 is the recommended release for anyone using Ruby 1.8.2.

0.4.13 December 22, 2004
  • Fixed the dry-run flag so it is operating again.

  • Multiple arguments to sh and ruby commands will not be interpreted by the shell (patch provided by Jonathan Paisley).

0.4.12 December 03, 2004
  • Added –silent (-s) to suppress the (in directory) rake message.

0.4.11 November 12, 2004
  • Changed the “don't know how to rake” message (finally)

  • Changes references to a literal “Rakefile” to reference the global variable $rakefile (which contains the actual name of the rakefile).

0.4.10 November 05, 2004
  • Added block support to the “sh” command, allowing users to take special actions on the result of the system call. E.g.

    sh "shell_command" do |ok, res|
      puts "Program returned #{res.exitstatus}" if ! ok
    end
    
0.4.9 October 30, 2004
  • Switched to Jamis Buck's RDoc template.

  • Removed autorequire from Rake's gem spec. This prevents the Rake libraries from loading while using rails.

0.4.8 September 15, 2004
  • Added support for .rb versions of Rakefile.

  • Removed \n's from test task.

  • Fixed Ruby 1.9 compatibility issue with FileList.