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From "Russell Gold (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (MRELEASE-981) Improve dryRun for release:perform
Date Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:05:45 GMT
Russell Gold created MRELEASE-981:

             Summary: Improve dryRun for release:perform
                 Key: MRELEASE-981
             Project: Maven Release Plugin
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: perform
    Affects Versions: 2.5.3
            Reporter: Russell Gold
            Priority: Minor

Support for dryRun on perform was added in MRELEASE-736 so that the actual goals are skipped,
but the file is deleted. I think it may be time to revisit that.

The main issue is that it is now possible to specify different behavior during release:perform
than release:prepare by specifying profiles to be activated during the later goal in the releaseProfiles
configuration tag. There is no way to test that behavior, since with dryRun, everything is
skipped. Further, when you do the dryRun perform, the file is deleted,
meaning that you cannot try it again.

Yes, it seems odd to rerun the tests done during the prepare goal, but that doesn't avoid
the value of testing the perform step. I would like to see, therefore, a way actually to do
a real dryRun: actually checking out the files and doing all of the steps, but without pushing
the files and updating the site - and without deleting

As an alternative, perhaps creating a separate dryRun goal would be cleaner: it would still
pick up the profiles and arguments from the configuration, but could skip all of the scm interaction
and security validation, and just doing the unique prepare and perform steps. It could also
skip the prompts for versions and tagging, as they would not matter for testing the release

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