Hi, Is there a way to trigger a maven install command from another maven install command?

In other words, I would like to be able to execute a maven install command on a maven project (in eclipse) and I want that this will automatically cause an install command on another maven project. Is that possible?

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The Maven way to "trigger" another build is to define a multi-module build. A parent pom project can specify modules, that will all be built using the standard lifecycle. So running mvn install on the parent would mean that each module is built in turn.

The parent is defined with pom packagin, and would have a modules declaration like this:


Alternatively it is possible to attach additional artifacts to a build so they are deployed alongside the primary artifacts (assuming they've already been packaged, you can use the build-helper-maven-plugin to attach an arbitrary file to your pom, so it will be deployed with the specified classifier. The following configuration will attach the specified file as my-artifact-1.0-extra.jar

              <type>jar</type><!--or specify your required extension-->
Rich Seller
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As pointed out, the maven way to launch a goal (lets say mvn install) on a set of modules is to organize them as a multi-module project and to launch the goal on the parent pom. Behind the scene, Maven will use a "Maven reactor" for this work. The reactor will calculate the build order by doing a topological sort of the nodes of the directed graph constructed by the dependency relation between modules. This graph is constructed by looking at <modules> and <dependencies> tags in poms.

But launching maven from a parent is not the only option and maven offers more possibilities to play with the reactor (e.g. making a project and its dependencies or those that depend on it):

Check it out, it might help you to achieve your goal.

Pascal Thivent