Macros for POM modification
pom.xml files need to be patched before they are used
to build packages. One could use traditional patches to maintain
changes, but package maintainers should use
%pom_* macros developed
specially to ease this task.
%pom_* macros not only increases readability of the spec file,
but also improves maintainability of the package as there are no patches
that would need to be rebased with each upstream release.
There are two categories of macros:
POM-specific macros - used to manipulate dependencies, modules… Some of them also work on
Generic XML manipulation macros - used to add/remove/replace XML nodes
The macros are designed to be called from
%prep section of spec
files. All the macros also have their own manual page.
This document provides an overview of how they are used. For the
technical details, refer to their respective manpages.
By default, a macro acts on a
pom.xml file (or
ivy.xml file) in the
current directory. Different path can be explicitly specified via an
argument (the last one, unless stated otherwise). Multiple paths can be
specified as multiple arguments. If a path is a directory, it looks for
pom.xml file in that directory.
# The following works on pom.xml file in the current directory %pom_remove_parent # The following works on submodule/pom.xml %pom_remove_parent submodule # The following works on submodule/pom.xml as well %pom_remove_parent submodule/pom.xml # The following works on submodule2/pom.xml and submodule2/pom.xml %pom_remove_parent submodule1 submodule2
Most macros also support recursive mode, where the change is applied
pom.xml and all its modules recursively. This can be used, for
example, to remove a dependency from the whole project. It is activated
Dependency manipulation macros
Often dependencies specified in Maven
pom.xml files need to be removed
because of different reasons.
%pom_remove_dep macro can be used to
ease this task:
# Removes dependency with groupId "foo" and artifactId "bar" from pom.xml %pom_remove_dep foo:bar # Removes dependency on all artifacts with groupId "foo" from pom.xml %pom_remove_dep foo: # Removes dependency on all artifacts with artifactId "bar" from pom.xml %pom_remove_dep :bar # Removes dependency on all artifacts with artifactId "bar" from submodule1/pom.xml %pom_remove_dep :bar submodule1 # Removes dependency on all artifacts with artifactId "bar" from pom.xml # and all its submodules %pom_remove_dep -r :bar # Removes all dependencies from pom.xml %pom_remove_dep :
Dependencies can also be added to
Usage is very similar to
"man pom_add_dep" for
Sometimes the artifact coordinates used in upstream
correspond to ones used in Fedora and you need to modify them.
%pom_change_dep macro will modify all dependencies matching the first
argument to artifact coordinates specified by the second argument. Note
this macro also works in recursive mode.
# For all artifacts in pom.xml that have groupId 'example' change it to # 'com.example' while leaving artifactId and other parts intact %pom_change_dep example: com.example:
%pom_remove_plugin macro works exactly as
%pom_remove_dep, except it removes
Maven plugin invocations. Some examples:
# Disables maven-jar-plugin so that classpath isn't included in manifests %pom_remove_plugin :maven-jar-plugin # Disable a proprietary plugin that isn't packaged for Fedora %pom_remove_plugin com.example.mammon:useless-proprietary-plugin submodule
Like in previous case, there is also a macro for adding plugins to
"man pom_add_plugin" for more information.
Disabling unneeded modules
Sometimes some submodules of upstream project cannot be built for
various reasons and there is a need to disable them. This can be
achieved by using
%pom_disable_module, for example:
# Disables child-module-1, a submodule of the main pom.xml file %pom_disable_module child-module-1 # Disables grandchild-module, a submodule of child-module-2/pom.xml %pom_disable_module grandchild-module child-module-2
Working with parent POM references
%pom_remove_parent removes reference to a parent POM from Maven
POM files. This can be useful when parent POM is not yet packaged (e.g.
because of licensing issues) and at the same time it’s not really needed
for building of the project. There are also macros for adding parent POM
%pom_add_parent) and replacing existing reference with new
# Remove reference to a parent POM from ./pom.xml %pom_remove_parent # Remove reference to a parent POM from ./submodule/pom.xml %pom_remove_parent submodule # Add parent POM reference to ./pom.xml %pom_add_parent groupId:artifactId # Replace existing parent POM reference in ./pom.xml %pom_set_parent groupId:artifactId:version
Macros for performing generic modifications
The above macros cover the most common cases of modifying
files, however if there is a need to apply some less-common patches
there are also three generic macros for modifying
These generic macros can also be applied to other XML files, such as
They all take a XPath 1.0 expression that selects XML nodes to be acted on (removed, replaced…).
Handling XML namespaces
POM files use a specific namespace - http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0.
The easiest way to respect this namespace in XPath expressions is
prefixing all node names with
%pom_xpath_remove can be used to remove arbitrary XML nodes.
# Removes extensions from the build %pom_xpath_remove "pom:build/pom:extensions" module/pom.xml
%pom_xpath_inject macro is capable of injecting arbitrary
XML code to any
pom.xml file. The injected code is the last argument
- optional file paths go before it (unlike most other macros).
To pass a multiline snippet, quote the argument as in the following
# Add additional exclusion into maven-wagon dependency %pom_xpath_inject "pom:dependency[pom:artifactId='maven-wagon']/pom:exclusions" " <exclusion> <groupId>antlr</groupId> <artifactId>antlr</artifactId> </exclusion>" # The same thing, but with explicit file path %pom_xpath_inject "pom:dependency[pom:artifactId='maven-wagon']/pom:exclusions" pom.xml " <exclusion> <groupId>antlr</groupId> <artifactId>antlr</artifactId> </exclusion>"
%pom_xpath_set replaces content of the arbitrary XML nodes
with specified value (can contain XML nodes).
# Change groupId of a parent %pom_xpath_set "pom:parent/pom:groupId" "org.apache"
%pom_xpath_replace replaces a XML node with specified XML code.
# Change groupId of a parent (note the difference from %pom_xpath_set) %pom_xpath_replace "pom:parent/pom:groupId" "<groupId>org.apache</groupId>"
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