Just before the 1.5.3 I added an assembly (src/main/assembly/dists.xml) that produces the directory structure (distributions+MD5+PGP) that needs to be deployed to www.apache.org/dist. This assembly uses $
because the checksum and signature files can only be retrieved from the local repository. This property is only supported in maven-assembly-plugin >= 2.2. However, starting with version 2.2, maven-assembly-plugin uses a different approach to generate artifacts without classifiers . After upgrading to 2.2 for the 1.5.3 release, the axis2.jar got a classifier ('jar') while in previous releases it had no classifier.
It should be noted that it is in general not a good idea to use org.apache.axis2:axis2 as a Maven dependency because it doesn't declare its dependencies. Instead, individual modules (such as axis2-kernel) should be used as dependencies. axis2.jar is useful mainly for projects that don't use Maven, and for these projects, the fact that there is an additional '-jar' in the name is not a big issue.