Archive for July, 2007

Maven 2, TestNG and Surefire-plugin

Since I have decided to use this blog as a easy access to find things that I don’t want to search all over, here is the way I configure my maven-2 projects with TestNG. Here is the relevant pom entry in <build><plugins>

    <argLine>-Xms128m -Xmx256m -XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m</argLine>

You must make sure that the plugin snapshot repository is configured in your pom.xml, otherwise the 2.4-SNAPSHOT jar will not be found. To do that make sure the following element is defined in the <pluginRepositories> element:


Note, I put all my TestNG configuration information in testng.xml. Without this file you would get all kinds of strange errors, when the surefire plugin triggers the test goal. Below is a sample testng.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE suite SYSTEM "">

<suite name="Sample_TestNG_Suite" verbose="4">
  <test name="DefaultTestPackage">
      <package name="org.anonymous.package"/>

You also need to make sure the testNG <dependency> element is available in the pom, lit below


Remember 5.6 is not yet available in central repositories, to install it locally use the following standard maven-2 install goal (NOTE: the whole command below is a single line)

$ mvn install:install-file -Dfile=testng-5.6-jdk15.jar -DgroupId=org.testng -DartifactId=testng -Dversion=5.6 -Dpackaging=jar \ -Dclassifier=jdk15 -DgeneratePom=true

That’s it, you should be good to go, just annotate (I use JDK5) your test POJO’s and surefire plugin will be triggered by the default maven2 lifecycle.


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OpenSUSE 10.2, Beryl-SVN and Dell D820

Never found the time to show off my rig where most of my work get done. As the old adage goes “picture is worth gazillion words” and without further ado:

I got the cairo clock ticking in the above picture.

The rig has been an excellent development environment, especially if you work with a lot of open source projects, some day when I get more time I can probably write the setup. And yes, windows is banished under a vmware session. The last picture show off Eclipse/Europa edition.

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