Command line usage
To include the Release Candidate plugin in your Maven project, add the following declaration to the project/build/plugins section of the pom.xml file:
<plugin> <groupId>com.smartcodeltd</groupId> <artifactId>release-candidate-maven-plugin</artifactId> <version>1.0-201609171818.3e8187b</version> </plugin>
You can find more on configuring Maven build plugins in the official documentation.
Adding the plugin to your pom.xml file enables following goals:
$> mvn release-candidate:updateVersion
which updates the pom.xml version as per the configuration and arguments injected by your CI server (learn more),
$> mvn release-candidate:version
which prints the current version of your project to either standard output or a file so that it can be parsed and understood by the CI server (learn more).
Both goals can also be executed from the command line directly:
$> mvn com.smartcodeltd:release-candidate-maven-plugin:LATEST:version $> mvn com.smartcodeltd:release-candidate-maven-plugin:LATEST:updateVersion
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