/usr/share/java as maven repository?

Michael Koch konqueror at gmx.de
Thu Sep 6 07:47:29 UTC 2007

On Wed, Sep 05, 2007 at 02:06:04AM +0200, Steffen Moeller wrote:
> Dear all,
> would it be reasonable to transform the /usr/share/java directory into 
> something that may also function as an internal Maven repository?
> http://maven.apache.org/guides/introduction/introduction-to-repositories.html 
> It would allow us to store multiple versions of a jar on the same machine and 
> at the same time and thus avoid redundant downloads when compiling/starting 
> software.
> The ambiguity for which jar's version to take when there is no version 
> specified could be organised by something analogous to Debian's alternative 
> system.

I think using /usr/share/java directly as a maven repo would bring us
into a big mess. We should use something like /usr/share/maven/repo and
write a policy how to make all java libraries provide entries for the
repo (where to put the pom.xml and jar, put a link into the repo that
points to /usr/share/java/some.jar, etc.).


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