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From "David Legg (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (COCOON-2214) Update C22 block building process through use of Maven archetype:generate command
Date Fri, 20 Jun 2008 22:35:45 GMT


David Legg commented on COCOON-2214:

Thanks for that Grek.

I began updating the documentation but then ran into a problem.  It seems Maven can't handle
remote archetype catalogs yet after all.  I naturally assumed that since it handled the file://
protocol it would also handle http:// protocol but it mangles the URL.

I've raised a report on the Maven JIRA ( and
we'll see how it goes.

One work around is to download the file from the server and then use the file:// protocol.
 I've tested that and it works.

> Update C22 block building process through use of Maven archetype:generate command
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COCOON-2214
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cocoon
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: - Build System: Maven, - Documentation
>    Affects Versions: 2.2, 2.2-dev (Current SVN)
>            Reporter: David Legg
>            Assignee: Grzegorz Kossakowski
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: archetype-catalog.xml
> Version 2.0.9 (and maybe earlier) of Maven has deprecated the use of the archetype:create
goal in favour of archetype:generate.
> As of this report the Cocoon Tutorial uses archetype:create in its instructions and this
causes a warning to be issued when attempting to build blocks.
> After discussion on the list it was felt the solution was to start using archetype:generate
but this changes the behaviour of Maven such that it interactively asks for values such as
the artifactId and groupId etc.  Unfortunately, the first question it asks is which archetype
you wish to build and by default this list is huge and will continue to grow as more projects
use it.
> Attached to this note is a file which if placed in a suitable location on the Cocoon
web site could be used to reduce the archetype list to just those required for Cocoon (Currently
3 items).
> The Cocoon tutorial would need to be updated to replace the archetype:create command
to something like the following: -
>   mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeCatalog=http://[path to catalog]/archetype-catalog.xml
> This would generate output similar to the following: -
>   [INFO] Scanning for projects...
>   [INFO] Searching repository for plugin with prefix: 'archetype'.
>   ...
>   [INFO] [archetype:generate]
>   [INFO] Generating project in Interactive mode
>   [INFO] No archetype defined. Using maven-archetype-quickstart (org.apache.maven.archetypes:maven-archetype-quickstart:1.0)
>   Choose archetype:
>   1: local -> cocoon-22-archetype-block-plain (Creates an empty Cocoon block)
>   2: local -> cocoon-22-archetype-block (Creates a minimal Cocoon block)
>   3: local -> cocoon-22-archetype-webapp (Creates a web application Cocoon block)
>   Choose a number:  (1/2/3): Choose archetype:
> This should be much more comprehensible to new users.

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