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Dimiter Makariev said ...

Hi, probably a good idea is to try the maven assembly plugin : http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-assembly-plugin/features.html also take a look at : http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-assembly-plugin/descriptor-refs.html Better Builds with Maven is great book : http://www.maestrodev.com/better-build-maven and last but not least : you can always go back to ant with the Maven ant plugin : http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-antrun-plugin/

I'm coming from the web development world .. so for a pity I cannot comment on the question about is maven ready for java desktop applications.

Wish you luck with Maven :)

--Dimiter Makariev 02:13, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

Anuradha said ...

did you try out Maven Assembly Plugin


--Anuradha 04:43, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

btilford said ...

You probably want to look at maven assemblies and the maven book. http://www.sonatype.com/books/maven-book/reference/assemblies.html

--btilford 05:35, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

mkleint said ...

your time would probably be better spent by reading the Maven book to learn about Maven than writing this blog entry..

--mkleint 07:45, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

nick said ...

What you want to look at is the assembly plugin. While I don't think it will give you a zip file, it will let you pack everything into a JAR and for a executable JAR that can be downloaded. It handles extracting all your dependencies and putting them in place.

Looking for something like this: <artifactId>maven-assembly-plugin</artifactId>



Hope this helps!

--nick 15:16, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

Chris said ...

Check out the assembly plugin

--Chris 16:50, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

hohonuuli said ...

Maven does support packaging of compound zips. See http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-assembly-plugin/

--hohonuuli 18:52, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

Sgt Garcia said ...

I am using Maven Assembly Plugin with success to gather everything I to run a Desktop App: Start Script files (.bat, .sh, .jnlp...), Main .jar, Libraries .jars, Config files (.properties)...

--Sgt Garcia 18:57, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

zerem said ...

Hi, had some similar problems back then. I'm using maven for releasing desktop application for 3yrs now. Here r my notes for your suffering ;)

Single zip: http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-assembly-plugin (for multipple, keyword is overlay)

Main class: http://maven.apache.org/shared/maven-archiver/examples/classpath.html#Add

Adding dependencies: http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-dependency-plugin/copy-dependencies-mojo.html

all within standard plugins... if u want some more info (ex. pices of pom.xml) post me e-mail...

Don't give up on Maven, its just another way of thinking (a better one actually ;))

And final word: if u need some special work done, writing your own plugin is commonly faster than searching for solution... damn easy.

--zerem 19:49, 14 September 2009 (CEST)

Thank you all for your responses. Based on them I studied the recommended book and modified the pom.xml. Thanks a lot.

--JaroslavTulach 08:40, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Laszlo Kishalmi said ...

If someone needs a clumsy Ant snippet for the LibrariesAndClassPathBuildProblem, here it is:

<copy todir="${dist.dir}/lib" flatten="true">
    <fileset dir="${basedir}/lib" includes="**/*.jar"/>
<pathconvert property="main.jar.class-path" dirsep="/" pathsep=" ">
     <path><fileset dir="${dist.dir}" includes="lib/*.jar"/></path>
     <map from="${dist.dir}/" to=""/>
<jar update="true" jarfile="${dist.dir}/main.jar">
        <attribute name="Class-Path" value="${main.jar.class-path}"/>

--Laszlo Kishalmi 22:13, 15 September 2009 (CEST)

Thanks Laszlo, I am creating a separate page with your code!

--JaroslavTulach 05:50, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Laszlo Kishalmi said ...

Thanks Jarda for the proper formatting!

--Laszlo Kishalmi 08:34, 16 September 2009 (CEST)

NicolasDumoulin said ...

Yes the basic maven documentation is not a good start, and the sonatype book is very helpfull to understand how it works. In the other hand, when you'll have understand the basics, the plugins documentation is very efficient: http://maven.apache.org/plugins/

And, with the book, a very good way is to read pom.xml of good projects to learn how they do.

And yes, NetBeans is very good tool for working with maven projects :-)

--NicolasDumoulin 11:04, 14 October 2009 (CEST)

Claudiu said ...

Your all-zip.xml needs to be rectified at source end tag.

--Claudiu 00:40, 15 February 2010 (CET)

Alexander K said ...

And the link to "The Maven Definitive Guide" doesn't seem to work at all.

--Alexander K 23:08, 27 September 2013 (CEST)

I googled for site:sonatype.com maven definitive guide and updated the link.

--JaroslavTulach 11:11, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

Eric said ...

How very timely! I was just thkniing about this last night and started the ever-difficult climb back into the workout wagon this morning. I started running seriously over the summer and ran a half marathon in September but had only run once or twice since! I loved how running and working out made me feel, physically and mentally it just boosts all sorts of good feelings. Why wouldn't I want to continue that? Well, it started off innocently enough, as falling out of the wagon usually does I took some days off post-race to recuperate. Then I got sick. Then I got so overwhelmingly busy that I felt like working out would be a Waste of Time and that I could be doing more productive things. Now, how on earth can I expect to be at my best and be giving my all if I don't take care of myself?I'm getting back into working out and running dammit. It's happening. And it will be Glorious.

--Eric 10:02, 21 October 2013 (CEST)

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