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From Julien Carsique <>
Subject Re: import plugin configurations
Date Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:17:58 GMT

+1 about the obvious need to also import the plugins configuration, as well
as the dependencies configuration.

I'm interested by your solution. 
Is it open source, still in use, maintained, Maven 2 and/or 3 compliant?

Given the answers you got, here are some additional arguments about the
difference between a corporate POM and a third-party BOM, both being needed
in some cases.
>From a customer project point of view, since there can be only one parent
POM, such an import solution is required for reusing the provider project's
configuration (ie the third-party BOM: dependencyManagement,
pluginManagement, properties; including profiles; maybe also the
repositories and pluginRepositories, and optionally the dependencies,
plugins and reporting) but in the mean time also using custom corporate
configuration (ie the corporate POM: organization, licenses,
distributionManagement, ...).
The following figure is missing the multi-enterprise aspect with
parent/import relationships from outside the company:


Marcos Mendez wrote
> So just to give a heads-up on what I've done. I needed the ability to be
> able to import more than just dependency management (DM) from a pom. 
> USE CASE: Import properties and plugin configurations from a central
> location
> Once your company starts using maven and creating all sorts of projects,
> this ability becomes necessary.
> Managing common changes in properties, plugin versions and configurations
> across multiple big projects (diff repos) becomes tedious.
> SOLUTION: Custom build extension
> I created a build extension that merges interesting (to me) items from an
> external pom into the maven projects accessible to the extension. 
> Sort of like having an external parent pom, though not as powerful as
> there are only a couple of things that work; mainly what I was interested
> in - plugins and their configurations.
> LIMITATIONS: Manual property resolution. Not everything can be merged to
> affect the current build.
> For example I have to resolve external properties during my merging
> process. They don't seem to resolve properly even when I add them to the
> project's properties.
> Changes are merged into the project's build plugins. Adding them to plugin
> management has no effect, probably because the projects have already been
> read.
> Works for me though. I think this should probably be a feature for future
> versions of maven. Importing should not just be restricted to DM.

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