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From "Tibor Digana (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] (MNG-2205) "provided" scope dependencies must be transitive
Date Wed, 14 May 2014 14:10:13 GMT


Tibor Digana commented on MNG-2205:

I agree with Jason that the model version should not change.
I agree with other commiters saying that XML schema should not be changed.
Therefore a new scope should be introduced and we can call it something like "nonrunnable".
Thus the behavior of scope "provided" should not change in spec.

> "provided" scope dependencies must be transitive
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MNG-2205
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven 2 & 3
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Dependencies
>            Reporter: David Boden
>            Priority: Critical
>             Fix For: 3.x / Backlog
>         Attachments:
> A provided scope dependency can also be thought of as "compile-only".
> Project A requires Sybase JConnect on the runtime classpath. Project A declares a "provided"
dependency on Sybase JConnect.
> Project B depends upon Project A. Project B declares a "compile" dependency on Project
> Project C depends upon Project B. Project C declares a "compile" dependency on Project
> {noformat}
> C
> | - compile dependency
> B
> | - compile dependency
> A
> | - provided dependency
> Sybase JConnect
> {noformat}
> So, does Project C transitively depend on Sybase JConnect. Yes, of course! The "provided"
dependency needs to be transitive.
> Ultimately, when Project C gets deployed, Sybase JConnect needs to be somewhere on the
runtime classpath in order for the application to function. It's valid for Project C to assume
that Sybase JConnect is available and use JDBC all over the Project C code. Project C is safe
to do this because it can happily deduce that Sybase JConnect will be there in the runtime
environment because Project A NEEDS IT.
> I've got Use Cases all over my aggregated build which make it absolutely critical and
common sense that provided scope dependencies are transitive. For the (very rare) odd case
where you don't want to inherit provided dependencies, you can <exclude/> them.

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