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From "Robert Scholte (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MJAVADOC-560) Clarify outputDirectory, reportOutputDirectory in javadoc:javadoc documentation
Date Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:34:00 GMT


Robert Scholte commented on MJAVADOC-560:

The outputDirectory is used for the jar, the reportOutputDirectory is used for the generated
javadocs. If this hasn't been applied correctly in the code, this should be fixed. The directories
have different purposes and both and required by the plugin (reportOutputDirectory by all
goals, outputDirectory only by packaging goals).

> Clarify outputDirectory, reportOutputDirectory in javadoc:javadoc documentation
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MJAVADOC-560
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven Javadoc Plugin
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: javadoc
>    Affects Versions: 3.1.0
>            Reporter: Gili
>            Priority: Major
> Looking at the documentation for javadoc:javadoc at [] I
see three problems:
>  # The documentation lists both *outputDirectory* and *reportOutputDirectory* parameters,
having the same description. It's not clear what each one is used for or what happens if one
property is changed without the other.
>  # The default value of *outputDirectory* is listed as *${}/apidocs*
but the value that is actually used is *${project.reporting.outputDirectory}/apidocs* (the
value of *reportOutputDirectory*).
>  # It was extremely difficult to find any documentation on *${project.reporting.outputDirectory}***,
such as what its default value is. I eventually found [] but
Google does not link directly to this page/section because it doesn't contain an explicit
reference to *${project.reporting}*.
> Suggested fix(es):
>  # Drop one of the two parameters, ideally *reportOutputDirectory*, to avoid confusion.
>  # Update the documentation so it lists the correct default value for *outputDirectory*.
>  # Link directly from mention of *${project.reporting.outputDirectory}* to []

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