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From "Steve Ebersole (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MNG-3311) Better/easier way to override plugin dependencies
Date Wed, 05 Dec 2007 17:12:57 GMT
Better/easier way to override plugin dependencies

                 Key: MNG-3311
             Project: Maven 2
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Dependencies, Plugins and Lifecycle
    Affects Versions: 2.0.8
            Reporter: Steve Ebersole

Currently, the only way to override the version of a dependency used by a plugin is to "fully
specify the dependency" in the build/plugins/plugin/dependencies section.  This is difficult
for cases where the project itself depends on said dependency as well.  Take the case of the
antlr-maven-plugin at codehaus (as this is where I experienced the problem).  The plugin is
used to generate parsers as part of the build using Antlr.  The project, itself, would also
need to define Antlr as a dependency since it would then have a compile and runtime dependency
on Antlr.  So, at the very least, we end up with two definitions of the Antlr dependency.

For background, defining the same dep twice is not that big of a deal.  I "dealt with it"
by using a property for the Antlr version to use, and then referencing that in the dependency
definitions.  Where it started to get very unsavory for me was when I started moving my "base
line" deps into a <dependencyManagement/> section, and especially when that <dependencyManagement/>
was defined in the parent pom.  The issue I ran into was that I could no longer use a property
(if I defined it in the parent, it is not inherited into the child where i need to define
the plugin).  The next thing I tried that I "reasonably" thought would work was to define
the <dependencyManagement/> section in the parent, and in the child to define the dependencies/dependency
without the <version/> tag and then to try the same in the build/plugins/plugin/dependencies/dependency
section.  However that is apparently not valid in the  build/plugins/plugin/dependencies/dependency
(org.apache.maven.BuildFailureException: For artifact {antlr:antlr:null:jar}: The version
cannot be empty.)

I am not exactly sure what the "best" option is.  I certainly believe that the following should
work (which is what I described above):

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