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Maven Protocol Buffers (protoc) Plugin that calls the protocol buffers compiler.

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*** Maven Protocol Buffers (protoc) Plugin ***
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A minimal configuration to invoke this plugin would be:

<project xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd">
    <modelVersion>4.0.0</modelVersion>
    <groupId>com.mycompany.example</groupId>
    <artifactId>example-protoc</artifactId>
    <packaging>jar</packaging>
    <version>1.0-SNAPSHOT</version>
    <name>protoc-example</name>

    <build>
        <plugins>
            <plugin>
                <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId>
                <artifactId>maven-compiler-plugin</artifactId>
                <configuration>
                    <source>1.5</source>
                    <target>1.5</target>
                </configuration>
            </plugin>
            <plugin>
                <groupId>com.google.protobuf.tools</groupId>
                <artifactId>maven-protoc-plugin</artifactId>
                <configuration>
                    <protocExecutable>/usr/local/bin/protoc</protocExecutable>
                </configuration>
                <executions>
                    <execution>
                        <goals>
                            <goal>compile</goal>
                            <goal>testCompile</goal>
                        </goals>
                    </execution>
                </executions>
            </plugin>
        </plugins>
    </build>

    <dependencies>
        <dependency>
            <groupId>com.google.protobuf</groupId>
            <artifactId>protobuf-java</artifactId>
            <version>2.3.0</version>
        </dependency>
    </dependencies>
</project>


You must:
+ Use Java 1.5 or newer due to the usage of Generics
+ Either ensure the "protoc" executable is in your PATH or set the
  <protocExecutable> parameter to the correct location.
+ Define the executions you want (you probably don't need the testCompile
  unless you have custom protocol buffer objects in your tests.
+ Include the dependency on protobuf-java or your compile will fail.


Once this is all done add your *.proto files to the directory: src/main/proto

Everything should then build with a: mvn clean install




You may also need to add the following to your settings.xml to download the
plugin:

            <pluginRepositories>
                <pluginRepository>
                    <id>dtrott</id>
                    <url>http://maven.davidtrott.com/repository</url>
                </pluginRepository>
            </pluginRepositories>  

Normally this plug-in executes the protoc compilation on every execution
this can be overriden by setting:
                  <checkStaleness>true</checkStaleness>

If you build on NFS you may also need the following setting:
                  <staleMillis>10000</staleMillis>
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