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From "Robert Scholte (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] (MNG-5528) Help text confuses people
Date Sun, 05 Jan 2014 21:06:45 GMT


Robert Scholte commented on MNG-5528:

Well, AFAIK the text reflects actually what it does. If you try to use a certain released
version which isn't yet available in a (mirrored) remote repository, Maven will remember this
for an amount of time before trying to resolve it again. The {{-U}} forces Maven the look
again for the specific artifact.
> Help text confuses people
> -------------------------
>                 Key: MNG-5528
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven 2 & 3
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Command Line
>    Affects Versions: 3.1.0
>         Environment: any
>            Reporter: Chris Erskine
>            Priority: Minor
> When the 'mvn --help' command is used, the output for -U states  "Forces a check for
updated releases and snapshots on remote repositories".  This confuses a lot of users into
thinking that this option will update released versions of artifacts.
> Could this be changed to something like "Forces a check for updated snapshots on remote
> This would solve a number of problems that I have seen at different sites where people
think they can patch a finally released artifact and it is updated in the local repository
with the -U option.
> Updating the help text would then roll into documentation where the text is copied into

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