Maven Repository – Go Offline with dependencies

Maven Repository

My team uses the pom.xml to generate a repository which is handed off to the secondary developers. For instance, I have a custom db2 jar

## Update your localRepository
Start a Shell
cd ~/.m2
vim settings.xml
add `<localRepository>/Users/userid/git/client-app/documentation/repo/local_repo</localRepository>`
Note: the path is relative to the location of my repo
You may have to create the folder local_repo
Save the file to where it makes most sense

## Take the Repo Offline
Change directory to the `repo` folder
`mvn dependency:go-offline`
cd local_repo
remove any previous zip
Run `zip -9 -v -r ‘base-path-for-jars-you-want/’` (Only archives into the zip the dependencies you want)
Upload the zip to the `client-app` wiki

## Remove your local repository line
Start a shell
cd ~/.m2
vim settings.xml
remove the `<localRepository>` node
Save the file

Maven Thread Speed Up

Like many developers, I have tons of jobs running to compile, unit and integration test my code.  These jobs take anywhere from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.

Some simple operations took a while…. I wondered why… Thanks to Oleg @ ZeroTurnAround I have an answer – Your Maven build is slow. Speed it up!

I applied the setting to speed up my build (30 minutes dropped to 10 minutes)

mvn clean package -T 4 -S local-m2/settings.xml

I hope this helps others.

Maven Animal Sniffer Plugin

For the past few years, most of my personal and professional projects are built using Maven.  The dependency management and corresponding build lifecycle enable me to do some complex builds (for instance HBase 1.2.5 Client Jars).


 mvn dependency:tree -f demo-app/pom.xml


[INFO] +- junit:junit:jar:4.12:test
[INFO] |  \- org.hamcrest:hamcrest-core:jar:1.3:test
[INFO] \- org.apache.hbase:hbase:pom:1.2.5:compile
[INFO]    +- com.github.stephenc.findbugs:findbugs-annotations:jar:1.3.9-1:compile
[INFO]    \- log4j:log4j:jar:1.2.17:compile

When these dependencies change underlying the build change, the build and debugging is a pain. I ran into this plugin Maven Animal Sniffer Plugin. I did have to enable a specific configuration <configuration><includeJavaHome>false</includeJavaHome></configuration>


mvn animal-sniffer:build -f demo-app/pom.xml 


[INFO] --- animal-sniffer-maven-plugin:1.16:build (default-cli) @ demo-app ---
[INFO] Parsing signatures from com.github.stephenc.findbugs:findbugs-annotations:jar:1.3.9-1
[INFO] Parsing signatures from log4j:log4j:jar:1.2.17
[INFO] Parsing signatures from /Users/paulbastide/Downloads/animal/demo-app/target/classes
[INFO] Wrote signatures for 337 classes.

I can now store this along with my build. The generated file demo-app/target/demo-app-1.0-SNAPSHOT.signature can then be used to check plugin

Generating Swagger as part of a Maven Build

Most of my projects use Maven to build and coordinate dependencies and run unit and build integration tests. I’ve found it a real pain that I could not generate my swagger docs as part of the build.

I have found a really easy way. In Jenkins, I have a downstream job that runs specific maven goals. The WebSphere Liberty maven goals are documented WebSphere Liberty Maven Documentation. Please note my downstream job is an experimental downstream project; I am a bit concerned about edge cases where the process dies.

The commands of the downstream job are:

mvn dependency:copy-dependencies liberty:install-apps liberty:test-start-server

The commands execute three key elements:

  1. Dummy Server.xml – attached at the bottom
  2. Execution for Goal for pre-integration-test
  3. Execution must follow the copy-dependencies so the war file is copied on in

You can check your server is up and running:

tail -f target/liberty/wlp/usr/servers/defaultServer/logs/messages.log

Download the Swagger (YAML)

curl http://localhost:9080/swagger/api/swagger.yaml -o myswagger.yaml

The full code is below

Automation of IIB Maven and Ant

I have been working on a project with IIB (IBM Integration Bus). If you are like me, you want to automate all those pesky build tasks. In IIB, I needed to package and build my project (BAR).

I investigated scripting the build using the mqsipackagebar command . I noticed at the bottom a description of using it with ANT.

I’ve used ANT in a few projects (in combination with Maven). I took the script as a starting point, added the jar files and property files (based on configuring environments without IIB). I configured the maven-antrun-plugin in order to integrate within my parent project’s maven build.

Here is some sample code for you, I hope it helps you all get started:

Localized Maven Repositories – A Hot Tip

I’ve been building a Maven Project that uses some jar files which are not in Maven Central (or any repository). I ran across this article – Local Maven Dependencies. I found it very helpful.

Simply, do the following:

create a directory (d:/folder/repo)

Run a maven deploy to url (it’ll create the repository details based on the flags)

mvn deploy:deploy-file -Durl=file://d:/folder/repo/ -Dfile=Common.jar -DgroupId=xyz -DartifactId=Common -Dpackaging=jar -Dversion=1.0

and add to your Maven Project’s POM
<id>Local Repository</id>

Then reference your jar file with a new dependency.

The code should almost write itself from there 🙂

Maven Tips

Here are some tips for Maven Java Projects in Eclipse.

#1 If you pom.xml is missing maven-compiler-plugin, Eclipse (when you do Maven > Update Project), defaults the compiler level for the project to 1.5.


Now, it gets even more tricky… if your project has defined features that are from Java 1.6, 1.7 or 1.8

#2 if you your web.xml defines a version not compatible with a project facet you depend on, you get a lot of problems/errors

<web-app xmlns:xsi="" xmlns="" xmlns:web="" xsi:schemaLocation="" id="WebApp_ID" version="2.5"/>

Convert the web.xml to 3.1, and compatibility should now be fixed

<web-app id="WebApp_ID" version="3.1" xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="">

I found this stackoverflow entry helpful and this one.

#3 Update > Maven Project overwrites manual changes to #1/#2.

I found this stackoverflow entry helpful.

#4 Make sure you don’t have two web.xml files… the convert dynamic web project to maven project does some funky stuff.

My Experience with maven-antrun-plugin

I’ve been spending some time with maven so that files which matched a certain criteria were automatically moved in the project – OpenNTF SocialSDK.  The files only should be moved when the files don’t have -SNAPSHOT at the end of the version.

I started modifying some code that used maven-antrun-plugin, which bridges the maven-ant worlds.  I tried mixing complex conditional depends on and unless statements from Ant targets and Ant Tasks. Where the target “depends” on another target, you should be able to conditionally execute a target.  I wrote the code, however it never ran cleanly, always throwing an error.

I split the ant tasks and targets into a separate file, and the code now runs cleanly.  From the best practices I’ve read it’s better to pick one, and only use one Maven file or Ant file, I however couldn’t get it to read depends on targets.

I hope you find this ant-maven hack as helpful as I did.


The solution is found in the commit – added support for automatically moving the cdnjs files when a release.