resolvers

Tag: resolvers

Defines a list of dependency resolvers usable in Ivy. Each dependency resolver is identified by its name, given as an attribute.

The child tag used for the dependency resolver must be equal to a name of a dependency resolver type (either built-in or added with the typedef tag).

since 1.3 Once defined, resolvers can be referenced by their name, using the following syntax:

<resolver ref="alreadydefinedresolver"/>

Note that this works only if the resolver has already been defined and NOT if it is defined later in the Ivy settings file.

Child elements

Element Description Cardinality

any resolver

adds a resolver to the list of available resolvers

1..n

Built-in Resolvers

Ivy comes with a set of built-in dependency resolvers that handle most common needs.

If you don’t find the one you want here, you can also check if someone has contributed it on the links page, or even write your own.

There are basically two types of resolvers in Ivy - composite and standard. A composite resolver is a resolver which delegates the work to other resolvers. The other resolvers are standard resolvers.

Here is the list of built-in resolvers:

Name Type Description

IvyRep

Standard

Finds Ivy files on ivyrep and artifacts on ibiblio.

IBiblio

Standard

Finds artifacts on ibiblio.

Packager

Standard

Finds Ivy files and packaging instructions via URLs, then creates artifacts by following the instructions.

FileSystem

Standard

This very performant resolver finds Ivy files and artifacts in your file system.

URL

Standard

Finds Ivy files and artifacts in any repository accessible with URLs.

VFS

Standard

Finds Ivy files and artifacts in any repository accessible with Apache Commons VFS.

SSH

Standard

Finds Ivy files and artifacts in any repository accessible with SSH.

SFTP

Standard

Finds Ivy files and artifacts in any repository accessible with SFTP.

Jar

Standard

Finds Ivy files and artifacts within a specified jar.

Chain

Composite

Delegates the finding to a chain of sub resolvers.

Dual

Composite

Delegates the finding of Ivy files to one resolver and of artifacts to another.

OBR

Standard

Resolve modules as OSGi bundles listed by an OSGi obr.xml.

Eclipse updatesite

Standard

Resolve modules as OSGi bundles which are hosted on an Eclipse update site.

Common features and attributes

All resolvers of the same type share some common features and attributes detailed here.

Features

validation

All standard resolvers support several options for validation.

The validate attribute is used to configure if Ivy files should be checked against the Ivy file XML schema.

The checkconsistency attribute allows you to enable or disable consistency checking between what is expected by Ivy when it finds a module descriptor, and what the module descriptor actually contains.

The descriptor attribute lets you define if module descriptors are mandatory or optional.

The checksums attribute is used to define the list of checksums files to use to check if the content of downloaded files has not been corrupted (eg during transfer).

force

Any standard resolver can be used in force mode, which is used mainly to handle local development builds. In force mode, the resolver attempts to find a dependency whatever the requested revision is (internally it replace the requested revision by latest.integration), and if it finds one, it forces this revision to be returned, even when used in a chain with returnFirst=false.

By using such a resolver at the beginning of a chain, you can be sure that Ivy will pick up whatever module is available in this resolver (usually a private local build) instead of the real requested revision. This allows to handle use case like a developer working on modules A and C, where A → B → C, and pick up the local build for C without having to publish a local version of B. since 2.0

timeoutConstraint

since 2.5

All standard resolvers support the timeoutConstraint attribute. The value for this attribute is the name of the timeout-constraint that’s been defined in the Ivy settings.

Resolvers can be optionally configured to use a timeoutConstraint so that the timeouts defined on that constraint dictate how the resolvers behave when it comes to dealing with timeouts while establishing connections and reading content, during module descriptor and artifact resolutions.

Maven

Any resolver which is able to parse a Maven pom.xml file has to detect the related sources or javadocs artifacts. This often involves several network connections even if neither the sources nor the javadoc are requested to be downloaded.

since 2.5 Setting the property ivy.maven.lookup.sources to false disables the lookup of the sources artifact. And setting the property ivy.maven.lookup.javadoc to false disables the lookup of the javadoc artifact.

Attributes

Attribute Description Required Composite Standard

name

the name which identifies the resolver

Yes

Yes

Yes

validate

indicates if resolved Ivy files should be validated against Ivy XSD

No, defaults to call setting

Yes

Yes

force

Indicates if this resolver should be used in force mode (see above). since 2.0

No, defaults to false

No

Yes

checkmodified

Indicates if this resolver should check lastmodified date to know if an Ivy file is up to date.

No, defaults to ${ivy.resolver.default.check.modified}

No

Yes

changingPattern

Indicates for which revision pattern this resolver should check lastmodified date to know if an artifact file is up to date. since 1.4. See cache and change management for details.

No, defaults to none

Yes

Yes

changingMatcher

The name of the pattern matcher to use to match a revision against the configured changingPattern. since 1.4. See cache and change management for details.

No, defaults to exactOrRegexp

Yes

Yes

alwaysCheckExactRevision

Indicates if this resolver should check the given revision even if it’s a special one (like latest.integration). since 1.3

No, defaults to ${ivy.default.always.check.exact.revision}

No

Yes

namespace

The name of the namespace to which this resolver belongs since 1.3

No, defaults to 'system'

Yes

Yes

checkconsistency

true to check consistency of module descriptors found by this resolver, false to avoid consistency check since 1.3

No, defaults to true

No

Yes

descriptor

'optional' if a module descriptor (usually an Ivy file) is optional for this resolver, 'required' to refuse modules without module descriptor since 2.0

No, defaults to 'optional'

No (except dual)

Yes

allownomd

Deprecated. Use descriptor="required | optional" instead. true if the absence of module descriptor (usually an Ivy file) is authorised for this resolver, false to refuse modules without module descriptor since 1.4

No, defaults to true

No (except dual)

Yes

checksums

a comma separated list of checksum algorithms to use both for publication and checking since 1.4

No, defaults to ${ivy.checksums}

No

Yes

latest

The name of the latest strategy to use.

No, defaults to 'default'

Yes

Yes

cache

The name of the cache manager to use.

No, defaults to the value of the default attribute of caches

No

Yes

signer

The name of the detached signature generator to use when publishing artifacts. (since 2.2)

No, by default published artifacts will not get signed by Ivy.

No

Yes

timeoutConstraint

The name of the timeout-constraint to use for the resolver. (since 2.5)

No. In the absence of a timeoutConstraint, the resolver’s behaviour with timeouts is implementation specific.

No

Yes

Examples

<resolvers>
  <filesystem name="1" cache="cache-1">
    <ivy pattern="${ivy.settings.dir}/1/[organisation]/[module]/ivys/ivy-[revision].xml"/>
    <artifact pattern="${ivy.settings.dir}/1/[organisation]/[module]/[type]s/[artifact]-[revision].[ext]"/>
  </filesystem>
  <chain name="chain1">
    <resolver ref="1"/>
    <ivyrep name="ivyrep"/>
  </chain>
  <chain name="chain2" returnFirst="true" dual="true">
    <resolver ref="1"/>
    <ibiblio name="ibiblio"/>
  </chain>
</resolvers>

Defines a filesystem resolver, named 1, which is then used in two chains, the first combining the filesystem resolver with an ivyrep resolver, and second combining the filesystem resolver with an ibiblio resolver, which returns the first module found, and uses the whole chain to download artifacts (see corresponding resolvers documentation for details about them). Resolver 1 will use a cache named cache-1 which should have been defined in the caches element.