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From "Chris Erskine (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] (MNG-5528) Help text confuses people
Date Sun, 05 Jan 2014 23:09:45 GMT


Chris Erskine commented on MNG-5528:

I agree that the current text is what is done but people read it that 'updated releases' will
replace V2.5 with an updated V2.5.  They do not pickup that maven does not replace an existing
version. I have had this problem at a number of sites that I have gone into where they think
they can update the current version and do a -U to update the local repository rather than
creating a new version number.

Maybe adding that it does not update current released versions.
> 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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