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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: transitive dependencies
Date Thu, 20 Oct 2005 05:08:34 GMT
On Oct 19, 2005, at 9:23 PM, Gianny Damour wrote:

> On 20/10/2005 1:56 PM, David Jencks wrote:
>> I've been working on building geronimo using the packaging and  
>> assembly plugins.  This works fine except for the unmanageable  
>> dependencies.   The project for the assemby plugin to work on  
>> currently needs to include in the project.xml every jar to go into  
>> the assembly's repository.  Tracking these is impossible.
>> We need some way for a configuration or even a plain dependency to  
>> instruct the assembly plugin to copy the artifacts dependencies  
>> into the repository.
>> One possibility is to use maven poms.  IIUC Dain is working on  
>> integrating or imitating the latest maven repository management  
>> code.  Will this give us transitive dependencies?  Will the maven  
>> model work for us?  How close is this?  If we had it, it would be  
>> pretty easy to construct separate jetty and tomcat assemblies, a  
>> both assembly, an assembly w/o ejbs, etc etc.  Without transitive  
>> dependencies, it will be a nightmare to try to keep the repository  
>> contents adequate and restricted to what is actually needed to run  
>> the server.
> Another approach would be: for each plain dependency, we could  
> generate a META-INF/geronimo-service.xml file based on the POM  
> dependencies as part of a standard build. Transitive dependencies  
> would be achieved by walking down the dependencies defined by the  
> geronimo-service.xml file.

That really wouldn't solve the transitive side of the problem.  I  
mean it would work as we maintain our poms to include our  
dependency's dependencies (and dependencies of those dependencies  
(and ...(N))), but expecting a completely flattened list of  
dependencies in a single file per configuration isn't really the  
definition of transitive.

Just being a stickler :)

We already generate part of the geronimo-service.xml files at build- 
time, we might as well go all the way.


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