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From "adam brin (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (WW-4646) remove ASM 3 from struts2
Date Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:45:06 GMT
adam brin created WW-4646:

             Summary: remove ASM 3 from struts2
                 Key: WW-4646
             Project: Struts 2
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Core Actions, Plugin - Convention
    Affects Versions: 2.5
            Reporter: adam brin

Pulling from the discussion on the struts2-users list:

Struts2 maintains two different versions of ASM 5x for the Convention plugin and 3x for the
rest of struts.  A basic search of the codebase suggests that the only direct uses of ASM
are via the ClassFinder class in Xwork and used by the Convention plugin.  Based on this []
and [],
I wonder if it might make sense to:

1. remove the direct dependency on ASM entirely for XWork and Struts2 in general
2. move the ClassFinder class and direct dependencies the convention plugin and make them
explicitly dependent on ASM 5x.
3. Like other apps like Spring, repackage/embed ASM into it's own package tree so it can live
with other versions of ASM.

the core issue for us is that there are overlaps between ASM 5 and ASM 3, and become explicit
when launching our app with the maven-jetty-plugin. Classes with the same name in both packages
though they have different groupIds and thus cause exceptions in startup either due to (a)
Missing Classes like EmptyVisitor or (b) incompatible classes. It's our hope that by removing
this dual dependency, we can take advantage of Java8 features and also simplify dependency
management in our pom.


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