[ANN] License Maven Plugin 1.5 released

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[ANN] License Maven Plugin 1.5 released

Tony Chemit
The Mojo team is pleased to announce the release of the License
Maven Plugin, version 1.5.

This plugin manages the license of a maven project and its dependencies
(update file headers, download dependencies licenses, check thirdparty
licenses, ...).


Note that next version should be the 2.0 with this main features:

- rethink the way to grab the license of a dependency

  o from pom
  o from a local missing file
  o from a local global missing file
  o from a remote missing file

- unify configuration between the download-licenses and other goals (*-third-party goals)
- improve the way to define license categories (update-*-license goals)

Configuration won't probably be compatible with version 1.5, but a migration guide
will be added to help you.

Any good new ideas for the next major version are of course welcome.


This License Plugin has the following goals:

* license:add-third-party
  Goal to generate the third-party license file. This file contains a list of
  the dependencies and their licenses. Each dependency and it's license is
  displayed on a single line in the format
   (<license-name>) <project-name> <groupId>:<artifactId>:<version> -
  It will also copy it in the class-path (says add the generated directory as a
  resource of the build).

* license:aggregate-add-third-party
  This aggregator goal (will be executed only once and only on pom projects)
  executed the add-third-party on all his modules (in a parellel build cycle)
  then aggreates all the third-party files in final one in the pom project.

* license:check-file-header
  The goal to check if the state of header on project source files.

* license:comment-style-list
  Displays all the available comment style to box file headers.

* license:download-licenses
  Download the license files of all the current project's dependencies, and
  generate a summary file containing a list of all dependencies and their

* license:license-list
  Display all available licenses.

* license:third-party-report
  Generates a report of all third-parties detected in the module.

* license:update-file-header
  The goal to update (or add) the header on project source files. This goal
  replace the update-header goal which can not deal with Copyright. This goal
  use a specific project file descriptor project.xml to describe all files to
  update for a whole project.

* license:update-project-license
  Updates (or creates) the main project license file according to the given
  license defines as licenseName. Can also generate a bundled license file (to
  avoid collision names in class-path). This file is by default generated in
  META-INF class-path directory.

Useful links

Documentation: http://mojo.codehaus.org/license-maven-plugin
JIRA: http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/MLICENSE
svn:  https://svn.codehaus.org/mojo/tags/license-maven-plugin-1.5

To get this update, simply specify the version in your project's plugin


The artifacts have been deployed to the mojo repository and will be
mirrored to central.

Release Notes

** Bug
    * [MLICENSE-70] - Proxy settings causing NPE
    * [MLICENSE-74] - If inceptionYear isn't set then an unhelpful message is produced.
    * [MLICENSE-77] - acceptPomPackaging option must be compliant with aggregate-add-third-party goal

** Improvement
    * [MLICENSE-71] - Can merge a license twice
    * [MLICENSE-75] - Add skip parameter for goals


The Mojo team.


Tony Chemit
tél: +33 (0) 2 40 50 29 28
email: chemit at codelutin dot com

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