An attempt to create a framework for building an executable WAR, based on code from Jenkins, an amazing CI server by Kohsuke Kawaguchi
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executable-war-library
maven-executable-war-plugin
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README.md

executable-war

Write the how-to use it here

Other examples of plugins that makes runnable wars:
jetty-console-maven-plugin
winstone-maven-plugin
executable-war-archetype
executable-war
executablewar (Android)

Kohsuke Kawaguchi's blog post on the topic:
http://weblogs.java.net/blog/2007/02/11/hudson-became-self-executable

Licensing

Licensed under the MIT License.

Copyright (c) 2011-, Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Sun Microsystems, Inc., and a number of other contributers (see AUTHORS file for credit).

The Wiki

The wiki probably has the answers to any other questions you may have.