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From "Craig McClanahan" <>
Subject [logging] Maven2 POM Question
Date Sat, 18 Nov 2006 02:52:36 GMT
The pom.xml file for Commons Logging in the trunk has an "interesting"
approach to declaring dependencies, based on the existence or non-existence
of a file named "commons-logging-README.txt".  AFAICT, the purpose for this
is to make the dependencies non-optional when you are building Commons
Logging itself, but optional for downstream users.

Is that a correct understanding of the purpose?  If so, we should really
document this in the pom.xml file, so others don't have to puzzle out the


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