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From Brian Pontarelli <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Bring Convention plugin into trunk and deprecate Zero Config
Date Tue, 27 May 2008 13:22:16 GMT
Musachy Barroso wrote:
>> The plugin will scan the entire classpath, but that's not to large of an
>> issue and pretty fast (considering). The issue is when it starts loading
>> classes into the perm space to determine if the class is in fact an Action
>> or not. This is the part where your perm space can become full and then you
>> start getting strange errors.
> It is not only about memory, but also dependencies. If you place the
> JSPs on the root, and make the plugin scan the classpath you will
> likely get a bunch of ClassNotFoundException(s)
The scanning doesn't have anything to do with the location of the JSP 
files. It is entirely based on the set of package locators and exclude 
packages. It uses the classpath scanning mechanism that simply opens all 
the JAR files and looks at them. It only loads a class into the JVM if 
it is in a correctly named package that is not excluded.

If you have a good set of locators that sufficiently excludes most 
packages you won't ever run into issues. And if you do, the exclude 
packages protect against other types of issues. There might still be 
some tricky issues if your classes have interesting load time 
dependencies, but then it is an issue with your classes and not the 
surrounding 3rd party classes.


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