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Please publish an Automatic-Module-Name #597

io7m opened this Issue Feb 3, 2018 · 5 comments


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io7m commented Feb 3, 2018


When using auto to generate code for a modular Java 9 project, you'll get complaints from tools about depending on an automatically-generated module name.

Is there any chance you could add an Automatic-Module-Name entry in the jar manifest in order to provide a stable name upon which other Java 9 projects can depend? I'd suggest:


@eamonnmcmanus eamonnmcmanus self-assigned this Feb 6, 2018


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ronshapiro commented Feb 21, 2018

AutoValue is entirely source-level annotations - does that change the picture?


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io7m commented Feb 21, 2018

Nope: You're still required to specify a requires static clause in a modular project in order to be able to use the annotations at compile time.

module com.example.mine {
  requires static;

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heruan commented Mar 7, 2018

I'm not able to require the automatic module with the name that should be derived from the JAR file, i.e. auto.service.

I checked with:

$ jar --describe-module --file=$HOME/.m2/repository/com/google/auto/service/auto-service/1.0-rc4/auto-service-1.0-rc4.jar
No module descriptor found. Derived automatic module.

auto.service@1.0-rc4 automatic
requires java.base mandated
provides javax.annotation.processing.Processor with

but no luck, with requires auto.service I always get:

auto.service cannot be resolved as a module

What am I missing?


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io7m commented May 14, 2018

@eamonnmcmanus Any movement on this? It's very much a harmless one-line addition to the jar manifest.


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tbroyer commented May 14, 2018

very much a harmless


To emphasise this, just adding something to the MANIFEST.MF file can have an effect on how the project is run and tested. You need to test on both the class-path and module-path.

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