While Nexus may not support "staging repositories", it certainly supports more 
than one repository so why not just create one or more repositories that serve 
as staging repositories.  For example,

Pipeline Steps:
1.) Trigger a build based on source check-in and push to stage1 repo if build 
2.) Pull artifacts from stage1 repo, run stage 2 tests, and push to stage2 repo 
if tests succeed.
3.) Pull artifacts from stage2 repo, run stage 3 tests, and push to stage3 repo 
if tests succeed.
4.) Pull artifacts from stage3 repo, run UAT tests, and push to release repo if 
tests succeed.

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric B [mailto:ebenza...@gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:30 AM
To: Maven Users List <users@maven.apache.org>
Subject: Looking for recommendations how to best use Maven in a muti-stage 
Pipeline build to only deploy at the end

I'm looking for recommendations for the best way to use Maven in a multi-stage 
Jenkins pipeline build to deploy only at the end.  At the moment, I'm using 
Sonatype Nexus 3.x, which means i don't have the benefit
of staging repos.   Consequently, I have to ensure that the only released
versions of my libraries/application are final - they've passed QA.
Additionally, the team wants to ensure that the version numbers are always 
incremental and every version in the repo is a consumable version (ie: I cannot 
deploy a version 1.2.3 which has not passed QA/Acceptance Tests, and 
furthermore, I cannot deploy a 1.2.2 followed by a 1.2.4).

What that requirement translates to is that I have to ensure that the binary 
built is fully tested before promoting it to Nexus. (and that I shouldn't be 
appending build numbers to the maven version number).

In my mind, I would like to do something the following in a Pipeline build:

stage('build') { steps { sh 'mvn clean install'} }

stage('Confirm deploy to QA'){

steps {

checkpoint 'test server deployed'

script {

env.DEPLOY_TO_QA_TEST = input message: 'User input required',

submitter: 'authenticated',

parameters: [choice(name: 'Deploy to acceptance test server', choices:
'no\nyes', description: 'Choose "yes" if you want to deploy the QA test 




stage('deployQA') {

when {

environment name: 'DEPLOY_TO_QA_TEST', value: 'yes'



/* deploy the build to a QA environment */  }


stage('Confirm deploy to UAT'){ // prompt user }

stage {'deployUAT') { /* deploy the build to a PreProd/User Acceptance Testing 
enviornment */}

stage('Confirm publish to Nexus'){ // prompt user }

stage('publish') {

    steps {

      // mvn deploy -DskipTests (just deploy - don't rebuild)



Basically, I want to design my Jenkins pipeline to be my staging process.
The problem I have is I'm not sure how I can only deploy at the end of the 
pipeline.  When maven runs the deploy lifecycle, it will run through all the 
other stages and reassemble my binaries, which technically are not longer the 
same as those that were approved.  So consequently, my binary hashes that were 
approved earlier in the pipeline are not the same hashes that are deployed in 

I realize that i can probably do some work and use the Reproducible Build 
 but that too comes with drawbacks (I want build timestamps in my Manifest 
files, and zip entries, etc).

Am I sunk?  Is my only hope to wait until Sonatype releases Staging repos for 
Nexus 3.x sometime in Q2?  Or is there some other way I can work around this?

How is everyone else handling this situation?

Thanks for sharing.


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