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From "Stephen Colebourne (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MJAVADOC-499) Ignore on earlier Java versions
Date Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:59:00 GMT


Stephen Colebourne commented on MJAVADOC-499:

Java 9 is not an LTS version, so many projects are going to need to have their projects still
compile and build on Java 8. The linked pom.xml ensures that releases are done on Java 9,
but there is no requirement for anyone other than the person doing the release to use Java

ie. a pom.xml is never just for a single maintainer in an OSS project - anyone might come
along and want to build it for their own needs. And since Java 9 isn't a long-lived LTS release,
it won't be unusual for people to have Java 8, but not Java 9. I'd expect many OSS projects
to want to compile on both the last LTS and the most current release, making use of additional
features like module-info where possible.

This request is very similar to cases when flags get added. For example, doclint flag only
exists in Javadoc from v8, but the plugin knows this and doesn't try to use the flag when
running older versions of Javadoc. Here, the Javadoc plugin knows that older versions of Javadoc
can't cope with module-info, so it would exclude it.

> Ignore on earlier Java versions
> ------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MJAVADOC-499
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven Javadoc Plugin
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 3.0.0-M1
>            Reporter: Stephen Colebourne
>            Assignee: Robert Scholte
>             Fix For: 3.0.0
> Versions of the javadoc tool prior to Java 9 cannot process ``. The plugin
should automatically detect and exclude `` if the javadoc tool is Java 8 or
earlier. The alternative (Java version specific profiles) does work, but is very verbose for
something that can never work (thus the plugin should deal with it)

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