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From "Devin Reid (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] (MNG-5185) Improve "missing dependency" error message when _maven.repositories contains other repository ids than requested
Date Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:28:53 GMT


Devin Reid commented on MNG-5185:

When I'm using a corporate repository, all maven artifact resolution gets proxied through
the corporate repository so the ability to turn off individual repositories by id is of limited
utility to users with that workflow because they only have one repository id (configured as
a mirror with <mirrorOf>*</mirrorOf> in settings.xml).

What -Dmaven.legacyLocalRepository restores, for me at least, is the ability to stage an offline
build for a project on a connected box and then move the project and the local repository
to another box with no network access (and likely no maven settings configuration) and still
be able to build the project in offline mode.
> Improve "missing dependency" error message when _maven.repositories contains other repository
ids than requested
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MNG-5185
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven 2 & 3
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 3.0.2, 3.0.3, 3.0.4
>            Reporter: Mark Derricutt
>            Assignee: Olivier Lamy
>             Fix For: 3.1.0
>         Attachments: 0001-MNG-5185-Warn-about-artifacts-present-but-not-availa.patch
> Based on a discussion on the users list [1], Maven 3 has changed how it resolves artifacts
from remote repositories.  Unfortunately, when "conflicts" arise ( GAV is cached in local
repo, but POM has no matching repository id declared ), Maven just tells the user that the
artifact could not be resolved.
> This leads to confusion from users who find the .jar files in their local repository,
and they just get frustrated and complain that "maven sucks".
> It would be good if Maven was updated with some improved error messages along the lines
> "The {GAV} artifact was found in your local repository, but came from the undeclared
repository "xxx", either configure this in your pom with {insert sample XML block in error
message}, or in your "yyy" mirror."
> The "mirror" section of the error message should be included -if- the current ~/.m2/settings.xml
declares a mirror.  By improving the messages here we can help the users move on to building
software, rather than pulling out their hair :)
> [1]

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