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Although it is strongly recommended that Spring Framework users take advantage of the transitive dependency management features of build systems like Gradle, Maven, and Ivy, some teams cannot use these tools. This is usually due to corporate restrictions or working with legacy builds. If you're in this boat, you may want to build a Spring Framework distribution zip that contains all optional and required runtime dependencies.

This kind of "with dependencies" zip is not published to the SpringSource repository, but it is straightforward to create one manually by following the steps below. (Note that these steps apply to Spring Framework versions 3.2 M2 and greater).

  1. Clone the Spring Framework source tree as described in the building from source section of the README.
  2. Check out the tag of the version you wish to create a distribution for. For example, if you want to create a "with dependencies" distribution of Spring Framework 3.2 GA, you would check out the v3.2.0.RELEASE tag:
$ git checkout v3.2.0.RELEASE
  1. Run the depsZip gradle task
$ ./gradlew depsZip
  1. Inspect and use the -dist-with-deps zip file
    When the process above is complete, you'll find the zip file at build/distributions/spring-framework-${VERSION}-dist-with-deps.zip. Within it, you'll find all optional and required runtime dependencies in the deps subfolder.

Keep in mind that most of Spring Framework's dependencies are optional! While it will technically work to "dump" all of the dependencies into your WEB-INF/lib folder, this is certainly not recommended. Add only the dependencies your application actually needs. The only universally required dependency the Spring Framework has is commons-logging. Everything else is based on which Spring module jars you're using, and often what functionality you're using within them.

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