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From Anders Hammar <>
Subject Re: HelpMojo not being compiled when using annotations
Date Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:11:34 GMT
Not sure I follow, but this works just fine for the core Apache Maven
plugins (that use annotations) so you must be doing something wrong. Please
have a look at the source for any of those plugins for reference.
I assume you've tried the latest version of the plugin?

If you still think it's a problem, file a ticket with a small project that
reproduces the issue.


On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM, Dan Godfrey <>wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm having some issues getting the HelpMojo generated when using the
> maven-plugin-plugin. I've updated to use the java annotations instead of
> the javadoc versions.
> The issue as far as I can see is that, the helpmojo goal needs to be
> executed in the process-classes phase, otherwise there won't necessarily be
> any classes in target\classes from which to read the annotations. However,
> as the process-classes phase is after the compile phase, the source
> generated for HelpMojo in target/generated-sources/plugin is never compiled
> into target/classes, and hence never included in the jar. It's a bit of a
> chicken & egg problem.
> If it is executed in the generate-sources phases, (the default I believe)
> then the build fails after a clean as there are no classes in
> target/classes with any annotations, well no classes at all.
> Thanks,
> Dan.

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