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From Jörg Schaible <Joerg.Schai...@Elsag-Solutions.com>
Subject RE: [configuration] please use <optional> in POM
Date Thu, 23 Mar 2006 12:42:08 GMT
Emmanuel Bourg wrote on Thursday, March 23, 2006 12:59 PM:

> 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:
> 
> http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/configuration/dependencies.html
> 
> It's not obvious to decide what is optional imho.

Well, anything but core dependencies are IMHO optional.

If you decide to make usage of functionality, that requires additional dependencies, you must
add them in your project, that makes usage of them.

- Jörg

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