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From "Oliver B. Fischer" <>
Subject Re: Maven as an installation tool
Date Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:05:40 GMT

I build a automated setup for an Webapplication including GlassFish 
configuration, DB setup and configuration and deployment of the 
application itself.

I have choosen Ant as tool for this and I use Maven via the Ant Maven 
Task to handle all dependency related stuff and it works great. The 
solution combines the adavantages of Ant and Maven and turned out to be 
very flexible. But you must know Ant before.



Am 02.03.2012 04:32, schrieb Eric Kolotyluk:
> Maybe this is too weird, but
> Has anyone ever used Maven as an installation tool?
> I've been thinking using Maven as a way to install and update software,
> and before I actually go and experiment with the idea I was wondering if
> other people have already thought of this. The idea would be that you
> have a simple bootstrap installer that installs and/or updates Maven
> first. Once Maven is installed/verified, you could then use it to pull
> down the rest of the solution artifacts from the network and then
> integrate them into the end solution. Over time you use the same
> mechanism to assist in software upgrades.
> I suspect some people already do something like this for enterprise web
> applications, but I was thinking of something like a desktop application.
> Cheers, Eric
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