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From Thomas Neidhart <>
Subject Re: [ALL] Commons Parent - include Animal Sniffer?
Date Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:16:22 GMT
I think it would be good to add it by default with the option to disable it
on a component level.

According to, the
minimum requirements are JDK 1.5 and maven 2.0, but I wonder if anybody
would use an older jdk to build a component.

Did you resolve the problems you had with Java on MacOS?


On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 12:57 AM, sebb <> wrote:

> I've been experimenting with Animal Sniffer in NET as a basic check
> that the code does not try to use method etc which are not present in
> the target Java version.
> [For example, requires Java 1.6+]
> Although the plugin is not fool-proof, it should help to check basic
> errors and allow developers to check code even if they don't have the
> requisite Java version installed.
> My question is - should it be included in Commons Parent?
> And if so, should it be enabled by default?
> There are various ways of including it:
> - inline. It can then be suppressed by defining animal.sniffer.skip
> - as a profile which is enabled by default, potentially disabled
> manually or by use of a resource file
> - as a profile which is disabled by default, but enabled manually of
> by use of a resource file
> The profile options would work a bit like Jacoc/Cobertura, but could
> be enabled by default rather than disabled by default.
> I would favour a profile, enabled by default, as this does not add to
> the size of the main body of pom.
> Note: the build helper plugin can be used to automatically convert
> from the syntax (e.g. 1.6) to the Animal Sniffer
> signature syntax (e.g. java16) so there is no need to maintain a
> separate variable.
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