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From "Mark Kikken (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (CXF-3189) Maven pom includes dependencies when build on IBM JDK
Date Tue, 14 Dec 2010 10:18:01 GMT
Maven pom includes dependencies when build on IBM JDK

                 Key: CXF-3189
             Project: CXF
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Build system
    Affects Versions: 2.3.1
         Environment: Windows XP, running IBM JDK 6
            Reporter: Mark Kikken

We are developing applications for an IBM Websphere Application Server (WAS) target-platform.
For the development platform we chose an IBM JDK, since this JDK will also be used on the
target platform. However, the development machines we are using come with the SUN JDK installed
by default and some developers were using this JDK. We noticed that not all builds worked
when deployed on the target platform. Some builds turned out to include too many dependencies
in the resulting war-file:

Curiously, the builds done using a SUN JDK were fine. It turned out to be CXF causing this.
Some CXF POM-files contain a profile that is activated only when built on IBM virtual machines.
This profile will include the extra dependencies. I think this is a bug since:

1 - This logic assumes that the development platform JDK is the deployment platform JDK as
well. This would be a best practice, but cannot be assumed to be true. This assumption can
lead to strange side-effects that had me puzzled for at least a day.
2 - The added dependencies actually caused classcastexceptions on the IBM WAS. This measure
might have had some benefit in the past, but it is only causing trouble on an IBM JDK 6.
3 - Wouldn't it be better to define a standard platform CXF is compatible with, and then give
users of other (older) platforms some guidance in documentation on what extra dependencies
to include to make things work on these platforms?

Work around:

I added exclusions for xalan:xalan and com.sun.xml.parsers:jaxp-ri on CXF dependencies in
my own root-POM.

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