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From "Thomas Strecker (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (SUREFIRE-569) There should be a way to run unit tests from a dependency jar.
Date Wed, 02 Dec 2009 10:21:55 GMT


Thomas Strecker commented on SUREFIRE-569:

Basically the description at
gives you the procedure to create the test.jar. However, the plugin does not execute the tests
from the JAR, rendering the whole thing rather useless.

One way to solve the issue would be to have the surefire plugin check all dependencies of
type "test-jar" (or classifier "tests") for tests, too.

Another way would be to provide additional dependencies for the surefire-plugin in the plugin's

> There should be a way to run unit tests from a dependency jar.
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SUREFIRE-569
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven Surefire
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: plugin
>            Reporter: Paul Gier
> In some cases it would be useful to have a set of tests that run with various dependency
configurations.  One way to accomplish this would be to have a single project that contains
the unit tests and generates a test jar.  Several test configuration projects could then consume
the unit tests and run them with different dependency sets.  The problem is that there is
no easy way to run tests in a dependency jar.  The surefire plugin should have a configuration
to allow me to run all or a set of unit tests contained in a dependency jar.

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