Common Errors

This section contains explanations and solutions/workarounds for common errors which can be encountered during packaging.

Missing dependency

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal on project simplemaven: Could not resolve
dependencies for project com.example:simplemaven:jar:1.0: The following
artifacts could not be resolved: commons-io:commons-io:jar:2.4,
junit:junit:jar:4.11: Cannot access central
( in offline mode and the artifact
commons-io:commons-io:jar:2.4 has not been downloaded from it before. -> [Help

Maven wasn’t able to build project com.example:simplemaven, because it couldn’t find some dependencies (in this case commons-io:commons-io:jar:2.4 and junit:junit:jar:4.11)

You have multiple options here:

  • If you suspect that a dependecy is not necessary, you can remove it from pom.xml file and Maven will stop complaining about it. You can use wide variety of macros for modifying POM files. The one for removing dependencies is called %pom_remove_dep.

  • There is a mock plugin that can automate installation of missing dependencies. When you’re using mock, pass additional --enable-plugin pm_request argument and the build process would be able to install missing dependencies by itself. You still need to add the BuildRequires later, because you need to build the package in Koji, where the plugin is not allowed. You should do so using xmvn-builddep build.log, where build.log is the path to mock’s build log. It will print a list of BuildRequires lines, which you can directly paste into the specfile. To verify that the BuildRequires you just added are correct, you can rebuild the package once more without the plugin enabled.

  • Add the artifacts to BuildRequires manually. Maven packages have virtual provides in a format mvn(artifact coordinates), where artifact coordinates are in the format which maven used in the error message, but without version for non-compat packages (most of the packages you encounter). Virtual provides can be used directly in BuildRequires, so in this case, it would be:

BuildRequires:  mvn(commons-io:commons-io)
BuildRequires:  mvn(junit:junit)

Compilation failure

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal
        org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-compiler-plugin:3.1:compile (default-compile)
        on project simplemaven: Compilation failure: Compilation failure:
package does not exist
cannot find symbol
[ERROR] symbol:   class FileUtils
[ERROR] location: class com.example.Main
[ERROR] -> [Help 1]

Java compiler couldn’t find given class on classpath or incompatible version was present. This could be caused by following reasons:

  • pom.xml requires different version of Maven artifact than local repository provides

  • pom.xml is missing necessary dependency

Different versions of same library may provide slightly different API. This means that project doesn’t have to be buildable if different version is provided. If the library in local repository is older than the one required by project, then the library could be updated. If the project requires older version, then the project should be ported to latest stable version of the library (this may require cooperation with project’s upstream). If none of these is possible from some reason, it is still possible to introduce new compat package. See compat packages section for more information on this topic.

Sometimes pom.xml doesn’t list all the necessary dependencies, even if it should. Dependencies can also depend on some other and typically all these will be available to the project which is being built. The problem is that local repository may contain different versions of these dependencies. And even if these versions are fully compatible with the project, they may require slightly different set of dependencies. This could lead to build failure if pom.xml doesn’t specify all necessary dependencies and relies on transitive dependencies. Such a missing dependency may be considered a bug in the project. The solution is to explicitly add missing dependency to the pom.xml. This may be easily done by using %pom_add_dep macro. See section about macros for POM modification for more information.

Requires cannot be generated

Following dependencies were not resolved and requires cannot be generated. Either remove the dependency from pom.xml or add proper packages to BuildRequires:

Most often this error happens when one part of the package depends on an attached artifact which is not being installed. Automatic RPM requires generator then tries to generate requires on artifact which is not being installed. This would most likely result in a broken RPM package so generator halts the build.

There are usually two possible solutions for this problem:

  • Install attached artifact in question. For the above error following macro would install artifacts with tests classifiers into tests subpackage.

    %mvn_package :::tests: %{name}-tests
  • Remove dependency on problematic artifact. This can involve pom.xml modifications, disabling tests or even code changes so it is usually easier to install the dependency.

Dependencies with scope "system"

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal
org.fedoraproject.xmvn:xmvn-mojo:1.2.0:install (default-cli) on project
pom: Some reactor artifacts have dependencies with scope "system". Such
dependencies are not supported by XMvn installer. You should either
remove any dependencies with scope "system" before the build or not run
XMvn instaler. -> [Help 1]

Some Maven artifacts try to depend on exact system paths. Most usually this dependency is either on com.sun:tools or sun.jdk:jconsole. Dependencies with system scope cause issues with our tooling and requires generators so they are not supported.

Easiest way to solve this for above two dependencies is by removing and adding back the dependency without <scope> or <systemPath> nodes:

%pom_remove_dep com.sun:tools
%pom_add_dep com.sun:tools