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Thorsten Glaser commented on MJAVADOC-523:
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Actually, I have *two* cases in which this occurs; one is a JAR without Java™ 
code, the other even has…

{{        <packaging>pom</packaging>}}

…so I cannot even use the workaround to add one dummy class into it.

> Exclude non-Java JARs from Maven Javadoc plugin processing
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MJAVADOC-523
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MJAVADOC-523
>             Project: Maven Javadoc Plugin
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: javadoc
>    Affects Versions: 2.8
>            Reporter: Thorsten Glaser
>            Priority: Minor
>
> I have a multi-module project which builds a couple of JARs and then 
> distributed them into two WARs.
> However, one of the JARs does not contain any Java code at all, merely 
> (maven-filtered) resources. This leads to warnings during the build like 
> these:
> {{[…]
> [INFO] --- maven-javadoc-plugin:2.8:jar (attach-javadocs) @ foo-services ---
> [INFO] The goal 'org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-javadoc-plugin:2.8:javadoc' 
> has not been previously called for the module: 
> 'de.tarent.foo:foo-rsrcs:jar:1.3.900-SNAPSHOT'. Trying to invoke it...
> [WARNING] Creating fake javadoc directory to prevent repeated invocations: 
> /var/lib/jenkins/jobs/FooTool/workspace/foo-backend/foo-rsrcs/target/apidocs
> [ERROR] Error fetching link: 
> /var/lib/jenkins/jobs/FooTool/workspace/foo-backend/foo-rsrcs/target/apidocs/package-list.
>  Ignored it.
> [INFO] 
> Loading source files for package de.tarent.foo.rest.transformation...
> […]}}
> I found how I can exclude javadoc stuff by package, but not by artifact.
> The plugin is currently included ONLY in the parent POM, like this:
> {{<plugin><groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId><artifactId>maven-javadoc-plugin</artifactId><version>2.8</version><executions><execution><id>attach-javadocs</id><goals><goal>jar</goal></goals></execution></executions></plugin>}}
> While it _is_ run during “compilation” of the resources-only JAR, it 
> (obviously) produces no result, thus the warning (as it’s not excluded 
> either).
> How can I either make it produce something (i.e. the ability to create a 
> valid-looking yet contentless FOO-javadoc.jar that satisfies references by 
> reverse dependencies, in a JAR not containing any Java™ code) or, probably 
> preferably, exclude the {{foo-rsrcs}} module from being accessed by mjavadoc 
> on modules depending on it?



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