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From Patrick Aikens <>
Subject Re: How does maven choose which plugin version to use?
Date Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:16:25 GMT
Actually... it's not the super-pom.  It's the lifecycle definitions.

See here:

You can see which plugins (and which goals in those plugins) are bound to
which phase for a given lifecycle.  For example, the jar lifecycle is:


On Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 5:59 PM Alex Ditu <> wrote:

> Hello,
> Can anyone provide some help regarding plugin versions? I want to use
> the latest version of maven-war-plugin (or at least one greater than
> 2.3); so i decided to install the latest version of maven, 3.3.9.
> But when I execute "mvn help:effective-pom" I see it still uses 2.3
> version of maven-war-plugin.
> My first question is: where does maven read wich plugin version to
> use, if I don't specify one?
> I tought it was in the super-pom, but I didn't find anything
> there...Can anyone help me understand what is happening?
> Alex
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