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From "Robert Scholte" <>
Subject [RESULT] [VOTE] Retire Maven Ant Plugin
Date Sat, 01 Jun 2019 15:39:15 GMT

The vote has passed with the following result:

+1 (or more): Bruno Borges, Jesper Udby, Anders Hammar, Tibor Digana, Enrico Olivelli, Manfred
Moser, Karl Heinz Marbaise, Olivier Lamy, Sylwester Lachiewicz, Stephen Connolly, James
Gough, Gabriel Belingueres, Hoa Phan, Robert Scholte

PMC quorum: reached

I will continue with the steps required to retire this plugin.

On 28-5-2019 20:54:53, Robert Scholte <> wrote:

The Apache Maven project consist of about 100 (sub)projects. Due to the small number of volunteers
and the huge amount of code to maintain we're missing enough space to make real progress on
all these projects, including our ambitious ideas for the next major version(s) of Maven itself.
To be able to gain more focus we need to criticize the current subprojects and decide if it
is worth maintaining.

The goal of the Apache Maven Ant Plugin it to generate Ant build files based on a pom.xml
and was released for the last time in December 2014. Due to the different ways that Ant and
Maven work I don't think it makes sense anymore to maintain a plugin to transform Maven
files to Ant.
See []

To be clear, this is NOT the plugin you can use to run Ant within Maven; that's the maven-antrun-plugin.

I therefore propose that we retire the maven-ant-plugin.

I don't think it makes sense to do a final release. Instead we should update the documentation
and freeze the codebase.

The process for retiring a plugin is described here: 

The vote is open for 72 hours.
[ ] +1 Yes, it's about time
[ ] -1 No, because...
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