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Apache Maven Assembly Plugin Version 2.5 Released

The Apache Maven team is pleased to announce the release of the Apache Maven Assembly Plugin, version 2.5.

The Assembly Plugin for Maven is primarily intended to allow users to aggregate the project output along with its dependencies, modules, site documentation, and other files into a single distributable archive.

Notable in this release is improved file attribute support and full symlink support for java7+ users. Users of filtering/line ending selection should also notice a nice performance improvement. A large number of bugs have also been fixed.

You should specify the version in your project’s plugin configuration:


Release Notes – Maven Assembly Plugin – Version 2.5


  • MASSEMBLY-75 – Unpacked TAR dependencies do not preserve file mode nor uid/gid
  • MASSEMBLY-458 – Directory name resolution ignores “$” and beyond
  • MASSEMBLY-495 – Assembly changes timestamps when extracting dependency sets
  • MASSEMBLY-523 – Filtering causes a loss of original unix file permissions
  • MASSEMBLY-543 – japanese filenames cannot be correctly assembled by maven-assembly-plugin
  • MASSEMBLY-557 – Corrupted zip created by assembly: extracting the zip forgets certain folders (or throws permission denied errors) possibly because zip index is corrupted
  • MASSEMBLY-563 – JAR entry not found when including jar dependencies with “#” in classname
  • MASSEMBLY-576 – addClasspath broken in new single goal
  • MASSEMBLY-605 – Filtering does not work on files which are symlinks
  • MASSEMBLY-615 – assembly:single fails with odd resource file name
  • MASSEMBLY-622 – Unable to create “TAR” artifacts
  • MASSEMBLY-641 – Assembly fails on resource name with a percent character
  • MASSEMBLY-661 – Assembly plugin looses permissions when using fileSets
  • MASSEMBLY-670 – Specifying option of causes timestamps not to be preserved
  • MASSEMBLY-684 – Parallel Execution w Custom Assembly Descriptor Fails
  • MASSEMBLY-692 – Assembly ID is global
  • MASSEMBLY-709 – When assembling a zip on windows duplicate files are added to the assembly
  • MASSEMBLY-721 – Failing ITs for Maven 2.2.1


New Feature:


  • MASSEMBLY-343 – add symbolic links managment (java7+ only supported)


-The Apache Maven team