Ant task to terminate Flash Player Debugger

I’ve just switched over to IntelliJ as my actionscript editor. The IDE is great, really fast with some great features. Check out the review over at Flash magazine.
They only recently introduced actionscript support so its still kind of light on customisation for developing with the Flash platform. One thing that was driving me nuts is that when you debug a swf it always opens in a new window. There is no close previous player or terminate process. However this easy enough to achieve with an Ant script. Add the following to your build script and then in the project debug configuration, choose run Ant script before launch.

<target name="closeDebugger">
		<exec executable="killall">
		    <arg line="-9 'Flash Player Debugger'" />
		</exec>
	</target>

This will kill all the Flash Player’s that are open. Its pretty dirty but it works well. This is a unix command, so will only work on Mac or on a Pc with Cygwin installed.



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