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From "Boden, David" <>
Subject provided - not transitive?
Date Tue, 17 Jan 2006 12:35:51 GMT
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provided - this is much like compile, but indicates you expect the JDK
or a container to provide it. It is only available on the compilation
classpath, and is not transitive.

Question: Why are provided scope dependencies not transitive?

I have several examples in my project where I need to declare a
dependency as on the compilation classpath but not on the runtime
classpath and I need it to be transitive. I don't want the dependency to
be packaged up in my deployment artifact but my entire multi-project
hierarchy relies on the dependency.

At the moment, I have to workaround the problem, mostly by declaring
duplicate provided scope dependencies in multiple projects.

If there's a well-known answer to this query then apologies, could it be
placed in the "Introduction to Dependency Mechanism" documentation?

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