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From "Dan Allen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (ARCHETYPE-273) add goal to import remote archetype catalog into local catalog
Date Mon, 21 Dec 2009 23:40:55 GMT


Dan Allen commented on ARCHETYPE-273:

Luke, the patch was created by Stevo Slavic.

> add goal to import remote archetype catalog into local catalog
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: ARCHETYPE-273
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven Archetype
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Archetypes
>    Affects Versions: 2.0-alpha-4
>            Reporter: Dan Allen
>         Attachments: org.apache.maven.archetype.maven-archetype-ARCHETYPE-273_&_220_combo.patch
> If I've just published a new archetype, I need to be able to provide the developer with
a command that allows them to "educate" their local catalog about the new archetypes that
area available. Currently, it's possible to specify an archetype catalog for a single run
of the generate goal:
> mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeCatalog=
> But the catalog is transient. Those entries are not "remembered". The next time I run
the generate goal...
> mvn archetype:generate
> ...the archetypes in the catalog provided in the previous command are not offered as
> This is especially problematic when using an IDE to create a new Maven project, because
the mechanism for providing an archetype catalog differs in each IDE. We want them to be in
the local repository. Simply point, it's too much information for the developer to have to
reconcile, especially since using an archetype is likely the developer's first exposure to
your project. It needs to be simple.
> What I'm looking for is a command that I can give the developer to import the entries
from a remote archetype catalog. A discovery mechanism so to speak.
> I envision the following sequence to work:
> mvn archetype:import -DarchetypeCatalog=
> mvn archetype:generate
> At this point, the developer would see options for the imported archetypes. The import
goal could even download the archetype JAR files at the same time. 

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