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From Emmanuel Bourg <>
Subject Re: [configuration] please use <optional> in POM
Date Thu, 23 Mar 2006 11:59:14 GMT
Carlos Sanchez wrote:
> no, scope is different than optional
> <properties>
>   <optional>true</optional>
> </properties>

What is the definition of an optional dependency ? It depends on the use 
of the library. If I use a plist configuration most of the time I would 
not want the commons-codec dependency to be excluded for example.

There are several dependency sets depending on the features you are 
interested in as described here:

It's not obvious to decide what is optional imho.

Emmanuel Bourg

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