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From "Jean-Louis Boudart (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (IVY-1248) Module inheritance sometimes fails to locate parent descriptor in deliver process
Date Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:43:13 GMT
Module inheritance sometimes fails to locate parent descriptor in deliver process

                 Key: IVY-1248
             Project: Ivy
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Ant
    Affects Versions: 2.2.0
            Reporter: Jean-Louis Boudart
            Priority: Minor

I recently discovered a bug in Module Inheritance feature (i.e. extends).

<extends organisation="" module="bar" revision="latest.integration" location="../myParent"

The feature works fine if the parent descriptor is already published in your repository, it
will use the MRID to retrieve the parent module. 
We also can use a "location" attribute (for dev mode) which defines where to find the parent
descriptor. This can make particular sense if you need to share metadatas (dependencies, configurations,
whatever)  across many subprojects.

If we get into technical details when "extend" element is found ivy will :
* check on filesystem if parent module exists (based on location attribute). If no location
attribute is found ivy will look in the default one "../ivy.xml".
* if not found, it will check in the cache using MRID. However it just ignore the version
attribute. To be exact it ask for WorkingRevision.
* if not found it will query repositories using the real MRID (here the version attribute
is taken in consideration)

Everything works :)

But when you invoke ivy:deliver (directly or through ivy:publish) ivy parse the resolved module
descriptor in the cache. And the complication comes here.
Imagine you never publish the "parent module" in the repository. When you will invoke ivy:deliver
/ ivy:publish ivy will :
* parse your module descriptor (the one <extend>ing your parent) from the cache
* while parsing ivy will find the <extend> element and will try to locate the parent
* check the location attribute <-- fail because cache pattern is fully configurable in
ivy and almost never match with the default value "../ivy.xml"
* check the cache with the given MRID (organisation="" module="bar" but with working
revision ) <-- almost never find
* check the repositories with the real mrid (organisation="" module="bar" revision="latest.revision")
<-- fail as we never published our parent descriptor.
* deliver process will fail !

We never really encoutered the problem as this feature was developped in easyant context and
we were doing a lot of stuff around this feature. In almost all cases parent descriptor was
published by an other mechanism of easyant  in a "build scoped repository" (kind of filesystem
based repository local to the project).

While refactoring the code in easyant i just realized that somethings was wrong.

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