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From Bernd Eckenfels <>
Subject Re: Looking for recommendations how to best use Maven in a muti-stagePipeline build to only deploy at the end
Date Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:37:57 GMT
I am not sure why Nexus does not Support staging repos, I thought this is one of its defining
Features? Certainly the ASF is using Nexus this way.

Anyway, another solution is to use a Feature of the CI to run a whole Pipeline on a single
executor and have this executor have a local maven repo instance (this is a good idea anyway).
Then you can avoid to deploy at all (only install) until your last step.

In my cases it Comes up not so often as the last Pipeline steps to release a product depend
on Long ago released artifact versions with their own lifecylce.


Von: Robert Patrick
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 14. Februar 2018 16:01
An: Maven Users List
Betreff: RE: Looking for recommendations how to best use Maven in a muti-stagePipeline build
to only deploy at the end

While Nexus may not support "staging repositories", it certainly supports more than one repository
so why not just create one or more repositories that serve as staging repositories.  For example,

Pipeline Steps:
1.) Trigger a build based on source check-in and push to stage1 repo if build "succeeds"
2.) Pull artifacts from stage1 repo, run stage 2 tests, and push to stage2 repo if tests succeed.
3.) Pull artifacts from stage2 repo, run stage 3 tests, and push to stage3 repo if tests succeed.
4.) Pull artifacts from stage3 repo, run UAT tests, and push to release repo if tests succeed.

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric B [] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:30 AM
To: Maven Users List <>
Subject: Looking for recommendations how to best use Maven in a muti-stage Pipeline build
to only deploy at the end

I'm looking for recommendations for the best way to use Maven in a multi-stage Jenkins pipeline
build to deploy only at the end.  At the moment, I'm using Sonatype Nexus 3.x, which means
i don't have the benefit
of staging repos.   Consequently, I have to ensure that the only released
versions of my libraries/application are final - they've passed QA.
Additionally, the team wants to ensure that the version numbers are always incremental and
every version in the repo is a consumable version (ie: I cannot deploy a version 1.2.3 which
has not passed QA/Acceptance Tests, and furthermore, I cannot deploy a 1.2.2 followed by a

What that requirement translates to is that I have to ensure that the binary built is fully
tested before promoting it to Nexus. (and that I shouldn't be appending build numbers to the
maven version number).

In my mind, I would like to do something the following in a Pipeline build:

stage('build') { steps { sh 'mvn clean install'} }

stage('Confirm deploy to QA'){

steps {

checkpoint 'test server deployed'

script {

env.DEPLOY_TO_QA_TEST = input message: 'User input required',

submitter: 'authenticated',

parameters: [choice(name: 'Deploy to acceptance test server', choices:
'no\nyes', description: 'Choose "yes" if you want to deploy the QA test server')]




stage('deployQA') {

when {

environment name: 'DEPLOY_TO_QA_TEST', value: 'yes'



/* deploy the build to a QA environment */  }


stage('Confirm deploy to UAT'){ // prompt user }

stage {'deployUAT') { /* deploy the build to a PreProd/User Acceptance Testing enviornment

stage('Confirm publish to Nexus'){ // prompt user }

stage('publish') {

    steps {

      // mvn deploy -DskipTests (just deploy - don't rebuild)



Basically, I want to design my Jenkins pipeline to be my staging process.
The problem I have is I'm not sure how I can only deploy at the end of the pipeline.  When
maven runs the deploy lifecycle, it will run through all the other stages and reassemble my
binaries, which technically are not longer the same as those that were approved.  So consequently,
my binary hashes that were approved earlier in the pipeline are not the same hashes that are
deployed in Nexus.

I realize that i can probably do some work and use the Reproducible Build plugin (,
but that too comes with drawbacks (I want build timestamps in my Manifest files, and zip entries,

Am I sunk?  Is my only hope to wait until Sonatype releases Staging repos for Nexus 3.x sometime
in Q2?  Or is there some other way I can work around this?

How is everyone else handling this situation?

Thanks for sharing.


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