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From "Peter Johnson (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] (MNG-5259) Mechanism to download POMs only
Date Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:03:02 GMT
Peter Johnson created MNG-5259:

             Summary: Mechanism to download POMs only
                 Key: MNG-5259
             Project: Maven 2 & 3
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Dependencies
    Affects Versions: 3.0.4
         Environment: Any
            Reporter: Peter Johnson
            Priority: Minor
         Attachments: patch_pomsonly.txt

We often run various reports (e.g., dependency:tree) on a high-level POM that pulls in numerous
artifacts at various levels in the dependency hierarchy. (Our highest-level POM defines a
release of our product, it has dependencies that are OVAs (VM images), which in tern have
dependencies that are typically installation packages (TAR.GZs, ZIps, MSIs, EXEs, ISOs), which
in turn reference individual components (JARs, WARs, EXEs, DLLs, etc).) Some of our artifacts
tend to be rather large (the OVAs are GBs in size), and since the reports need only the information
in the POMs and not the artifacts themselves, we found it handy to add a "poms.only" flag
to our report generation to prevent the artifacts from being downloaded from the remote repository.
Thus we run:

mvn dependency:tree -Dpoms.only

Now our reports complete within a few minutes, rather than in a few hours.

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