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  1. Maven
  2. MNG-6080

New scope for non-functional dependencies

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    • Type: New Feature
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 3.3.9
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: Dependencies
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      Description

      Maven currently lacks a scope for artifacts that should not be part of the classpath. The classpath is the path that the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) searches for classes and other resource files. Given that the classpath is Java specific, this feature request can be generalized to accommodate artifacts that are not code related (directly or indirectly). It is neither code that executes (like a .class file = "directly") nor a resource file intimately linked to executable code (like a .properties file = "indirectly").

      For example, an organization may with to establish a Maven project that contains common look-and-feel elements to brand all their web applications. This project could be a ZIP archive to be included in downstream projects, in which each build explodes the archive into their respective web application context roots.

      Two names in the running for the new scope are "asset" and "reactor". They are nearly equal but have a different slight emphasis. The "asset" name emphasizes purpose of artifact. The "reactor" name emphasizes purpose within the build. The Maven Team should decide among these two or propose a third.

      Thread where discussion originated:
      http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/maven-dev/201608.mbox/%3CCABLGb9x5e3fE25Qj9DwvCsCSa1Dwe_e6%2BOmWjL0ZbQ07HLEm8g%40mail.gmail.com%3E

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                Reporter:
                pbenedict Paul Benedict
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