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From Ron Wheeler <>
Subject Re: using build profiles for WAR plugin
Date Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:46:11 GMT
Do not touch profiles until you have your build working without them.

As near as I can tell from the traffic here, they are intrinsically evil 
and should only be used in very specific situations.
They are not used for "normal" software projects.
They are not suitable for new Maven users.
They will lead you down the path to Maven hell and cause you no end of 


On 01/03/2012 1:30 PM, offbyone wrote:
> I appreciate the feedback, but I am struggling to follow, clearly I don't
> understand "the maven way".
> I am new to maven, based on the documentation and the specification it seems
> like profiles are used to create different versions of a deployment package.
> Why would profiles be there if not for that purpose?
> More importantly, why would maven have such a rich properties and resource
> filtering feature set if the maven way is to externalize all this
> information?
> Maven is suppose to be a build tool, but you are telling me I shouldn't put
> build configuration data in it.  It seems like you guys are saying only to
> use the dependency management/repository aspect of it.
> Would love some clarification.
> thanks
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Ron Wheeler
Artifact Software Inc
skype: ronaldmwheeler
phone: 866-970-2435, ext 102

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