September 26, 2007
I use Maven to manage my Java build process. Maven, like Ant, uses XML to store information about your project and how to build it.
Yesterday, a thought occurred to me – What if I wanted to write a script that would do post-packaging of the Maven-built artifact(s)?
For example, what if I wanted to take the Maven-built artifact and distribute it via an OS X disk image? Or even something as simple as packaging the source into a
A simple shell script would be easy enough to cook up – but without repeating myself, how could I do it such that the subsequent packages are named according to the same version declared in the Maven
This got me to thinking about how to query XML, possibly using XPath from a shell script or the command line. I thought I might have to roll out my own XML-XPath command line processor, but fortunately somebody else beat me to it (thanks, God for all the wonderful people on teh internets) with XMLStarlet.