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From "Olivier Lamy (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] (MECLIPSE-731) eclipse:clean not deleting ./settings folder that it creates
Date Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:11:21 GMT


Olivier Lamy closed MECLIPSE-731.

       Resolution: Fixed
    Fix Version/s: 2.10
         Assignee: Olivier Lamy

fixed r1382816
> eclipse:clean not deleting ./settings folder that it creates
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MECLIPSE-731
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven 2.x Eclipse Plugin
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 2.9
>         Environment: Maven 3.0.3 maven-eclipse-plugin 2.9
>            Reporter: Glen Mazza
>            Assignee: Olivier Lamy
>             Fix For: 2.10
> Hi, I use mvn eclipse:eclipse to create Eclipse projects that I subsequently import into
my IDE.  I then make code changes, and run mvn eclipse:clean prior to uploading my changes
to GitHub.
> Problem is that eclipse:clean is not deleting the ./settings folder, giving me this list
of files that I have to manually delete before I can do a simple git add . prior to committing:
> gmazza@ubuntu:/media/work1/jersey-samples-on-cxf$ git status
> # On branch master
> # Untracked files:
> #   (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)
> #
> #	entity-provider/.settings/
> #	exceptions/.settings/
> #	helloworld-webapp/.settings/
> #	helloworld/.settings/
> #	https-server-glassfish/.settings/
> #	jacksonjsonprovider/.settings/
> #	json-from-jaxb/.settings/
> #	jsonp/.settings/
> #	simple-console/.settings/
> #	simple-servlet/.settings/
> The Linux command I otherwise have to run to delete all these settings folders: find
. -name '.settings' -type d | xargs rm -rf {} \; is quite complex and outside the capabilities
of many/most Linux users (like me, I got the above command from Olivier Lamy).
> mvn eclipse:help says it's already supposed to delete the .settings folder:
> Maven Eclipse Plugin 2.9
>   The Eclipse Plugin is used to generate Eclipse IDE files (.project, .classpath
>   and the .settings folder) from a POM.
> This plugin has 13 goals:
> ... 
> eclipse:clean
>   Deletes the .project, .classpath, .wtpmodules files and .settings folder used
>   by Eclipse.
> ...
> Apparently the deletion of the .settings folder was made to please the people who posted -- I would say theirs is minority use case (~10-15%?)
though of just wanting mvn eclipse:clean to delete just some but not all of the artifacts
that mvn eclipse:eclipse created; therefore some plugin configuration setting like <keepSettingsFolder>true</keepSettingsFolder>
should be created with a default value of "false" to not require this explicit configuration
for the most common use-case; however if backwards compatibility is a concern the default
value for this setting can be set to true.  Regardless, eclipse:help should be updated to
inform people to put in this setting to exclude/include deletion of the ".settings" folder.

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