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From "Dan Fabulich (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MPH-32) "medium" mode should be the default for help:describe
Date Mon, 04 Feb 2008 23:31:57 GMT
"medium" mode should be the default for help:describe

                 Key: MPH-32
             Project: Maven 2.x Help Plugin
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Dan Fabulich

Right now if you "mvn help:describe -Dplugin=compiler" you'll see this:

[INFO] Plugin: 'org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-compiler-plugin:2.0.2'
Group Id:  org.apache.maven.plugins
Artifact Id: maven-compiler-plugin
Version:     2.0.2
Goal Prefix: compiler

Maven Plugins

This doesn't include the list of goals in this plugin.  Similarly, if you "mvn help:describe
-Dplugin=compiler -Dmojo=compile" you'll see this:

Goal: 'compile'
Compiles application sources

This doesn't describe any of the plugin parameters.

The problem here is that the "default" amount of information shown by help:describe is just
way too minimal, requiring the user to be clever enough to add -Dmedium or -Dfull to get the
information that they'd see for free if they looked at the website.

-Dmedium should be the default mode; if people just want to see the minimal amount of information,
we could add a new mode called -Dminimal or -Dshort that would include less information. 
Overall, IMO the goal should be that running mvn help:describe should, by default, give approximately
the same information you'd get by browsing to a plugin's site.

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