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From "Benjamin Bentmann (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MNG-3344) Provide new POM element to configure site directory (e.g. "src/site")
Date Tue, 01 Jan 2008 13:07:57 GMT
Provide new POM element to configure site directory (e.g. "src/site")

                 Key: MNG-3344
             Project: Maven 2
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: POM
    Affects Versions: 2.0.8
            Reporter: Benjamin Bentmann

As requested in MSITE-91 and its various duplicates, the input location for the site generation
should be configurable. Currently, this is realized by a configuration parameter (siteDirectory)
for the maven-site-plugin itself but I argue that this is not sufficient/robust for all cases.
The problem is that the plugin cannot access its configuration in ancestor POMs and hence
can only guess.

For example, take the following multi-module scenario:
Let us ignore the fact that such is layout is unusual, weird, bad-practice or whatever you
would like to call it. The point is, it should be possible. The important aspect of the example
is that both POMs will need to use a different configuration of the maven-site-plugin to find
the site descriptor (and related files). The parent POM will have siteDirectory=doc while
the module POM will have siteDirectory=src/site.

Now consider the plugin's steps when building the site for project-module. From the plugin
configuration in "project-module/pom.xml", it knows to search the site descriptor for the
sub project in "src/site". To apply inheritance, the plugin then needs to locate the site
descriptor of the parent project. Ups. The plugin cannot access the corresponding plugin configuration
in "project-parent/pom.xml". So it can only assume that the parent uses the same directory
layout for the site as the current sub module.

Having a dedicated POM element for the site files, e.g. ${project.reporting.siteDirectory},
would allow the maven-site-plugin to properly determine the location of the site descriptor
of any ancestor project. The super POM can default this element to "src/site" to get the usual

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