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From "Max Andersen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (MNG-4617) Incorrect/misleading error message when typo in module section
Date Thu, 01 Apr 2010 16:40:22 GMT
Incorrect/misleading error message when typo in module section

                 Key: MNG-4617
             Project: Maven 2 & 3
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Command Line
    Affects Versions: 3.0-alpha-7
            Reporter: Max Andersen

I have a module in a folder called "tests"

In the parent folder I put a pom with:


i.e. the folder name does not actually exist and the error received is:

[ERROR] The build could not read 1 project -> [Help 1]
[ERROR]   The project  (/Users/max/Documents/code/jbosstools/modular_build/test) has 1 error
[ERROR]     Non-parseable POM /Users/max/Documents/code/jbosstools/modular_build/test: only
whitespace content allowed before start tag and not [ (position: START_DOCUMENT seen [...
@1:1) -> [Help 2]
[ERROR] To see the full stack trace of the errors, re-run Maven with the -e switch.
[ERROR] Re-run Maven using the -X switch to enable full debug logging.
[ERROR] For more information about the errors and possible solutions, please read the following
[ERROR] [Help 1]
[ERROR] [Help 2]

I would say it would make better sense to check if the file actually exists and report the
file as not there instead of a parse error which send me on to a hunt for a typo in tests/pom.xml
(since I didn't spot the missing 's' for a while :)

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