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From Jeff Genender <>
Subject Re: progress on mavenizing eclipse plugins
Date Mon, 29 Aug 2005 13:43:30 GMT

Sachin Patel wrote:
> So after sitting down yesterday and doing a little reading... I have a 
> much better understanding of Maven. :) I've decided to go with using M2, 
> one of the reasons which I'm probably going to end up having to write a 
> plugin and want to avoid massive jelly scripts. :)

Hang on there...

Although I like your enthusiasm regarding M2, and I personally can't 
wait to start converting over to M2, we really need to keep the thoughts 
of the end users in our development.  To have to download 2 build tools 
in order build all of Geronimo, IMHO, is very bad.  I hope that you 
rethink this and do it in M1.  We are here to help you in getting your 
project up and running.  There is nothing you cannot do in M1...

If we have a rollout schedule for moving Geronimo to M2, then I would be 
open to this.  But unfortunately its not officially on the radar.  I 
would only ask that we are consistent in the build tool selection.


> M1 provided a convenient jar override feature where I could the specify 
> the explicit path to dependencies outside of the repo.  This makes 
> things easier as I can just point to the 
> ${eclipse-home}/plugins/blah.jar.  Unfortunately M2 doesn't have this.  
> So after talking to some of the very helpful Maven folks, the only 
> current way to do this is to have the eclipse jars inside the local 
> repo.  To make it even more painful, from looks of things I don't think 
> I can just can't download an eclipse image, and do a "select-all" and 
> copy in the all jars.  It looks like I'm going to have to create the 
> "maven convention" path for each jar.
> So from an Eclipse install, for each plugin I would need to copy and 
> rename the jar from
> ${eclipse-install}/eclipse/plugins/org.eclipse.core.resources_3.1.0.jar
> to...
> ${local_repo}/eclipse-plugins/org.eclipse.core.resources/3.1.0/org.eclipse.core.resources-3.1.0.jar

> I'm still having issues though as even when I try to build offline it is 
> attempting to download from the remote repo the dependency's .pom, and 
> thus the build fails.  Sent a note on the Maven dev list for a solution 
> to prevent it from doing this and look directly in the local repo.
> Thanks and will give an update when I make further progress.
> Sachin.

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