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Senca Cmd change build directory
Can not change destination with this command parameter
I have to change build.dir in in build.properties
sencha app build --destination /path/to/my/custom/destination
I opened a bug for this earlier today actually. I found that you can use sencha config first:
I tested this with Cmd 18.104.22.168, haven't tried with Cmd 5.x but in this case it shouldn't be that different.
sencha config -prop build.dir=/path/to/dir then app build
Sounds like Cmd is not respecting the destination argument. Thanks for the report! I have opened a bug in our bug tracker.