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From James Carman <>
Subject Re: [LANG] 3.0 JCIP Annotations
Date Fri, 20 Mar 2009 18:12:07 GMT
On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 12:47 PM, sebb <> wrote:
> I thought I understood optional, obviously I didn't.
> How does one express a dependency that really is optional at compile time?

This particular dependency isn't optional at compile time (not for
lang which would be using it in its source).  It would be optional for
other projects that use lang of course (optional for compile time).

>>  Putting it as optional in Maven
>>  will change the dependencies report:
> I find the text on the report very confusing.
> Does (optional) mean "optional at compile and runtime" or "optional
> for transitive dependencies"? Or something else?

It means optional as in how maven considers stuff optional.  Again, if
we don't like the view, perhaps we should just supply a patch to the
plugin's JIRA?

> [BTW, JUnit should be updated to 3.8.2]

If I remember, I'll try to upgrade it before the next release (which I
hope to do soon).

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