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From law5385 <>
Subject release:prepare error
Date Thu, 13 Apr 2006 02:24:00 GMT


I am new to Maven 2 and can't find any decent documentation to help me use
the maven-release-plugin. I am trying to write a simple pom.xml to automate
the build process of a jar file, by downloading the source code from

I have the following settings in my POM:



My MVN folder structure is:

   --- branches
   --- tags
   --- trunk
        --- pom.xml
        --- src
             --- main

I get the following error:

[INFO] [release:prepare]
[INFO] Verifying there are no local modifications ...
Provider message:
The svn command failed.
Command output:
svn: '.' is not a working copy

My understanding is that release:prepare should create a tag in my SVN
repository and update the revision number. release:perform should then
checkout the tag from SVN and perform the build.

What I don't understand - why is Maven looking for a working copy when it's
trying to create a tag? Can't it create the tag using the svn copy command
(which doesn't need a working copy)?

I also tried checking out all of my code to testWSClient/trunk/src/main and
then running release:prepare but that didn't solve the problem.


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