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Subject RC and SNAPSHOT dependencies
Date Wed, 15 May 2013 20:38:52 GMT

Is there a maven way to have an artifact of version SNAPSHOT with
dependencies of type SNAPSHOT that when doing a release via the
maven-release-plugin can be changed to non-snapshot dependencies, in
particular actually a **range** of RCs?

what I want is a POM like this



that when doing a release build with the maven-release-plugin becomes

<version></version> <!-- this I control by hand when running
m-release-p -->

So the versioning scheme i'm following is that all snapshot builds of this
artifact depend on a snapshot dependency version (2.1.0-SNAPSHOT in my
example) but that RCs contain a fourth digit that is just an RC counter.
All this because i can't redeploy a single RC 2.1.0 and the numerical
quality of a fourth digit seems simpler than an "RC" qualifier which is
treated lexicographically in a range and which causes a -SNAPSHOT to be
deemed newer than an -RC

What I'm trying to avoid is having to update all <dependency> tags  to a
particular RC count every time there is a new RC of the 2.1.0 dependency.
This is why i use a range for all the RCs

At a higher level, what I'm trying to do is simply to have snapshots depend
on snapshots and RCs depend on the latest RC within a branch, not just the
newest RC. Feel free to suggest a completely different (correct?) way to do

Thank you,

Alejandro Endo | Software Designer/Concepteur de logiciels

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