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Apache Maven Cookbook by Raghuram Bharathan

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Running a custom executable

There are many situations when you want Maven to run a specific executable on your computer. A simple use case would be to run the JAR that you created. Another case would be to have Maven run commands that are not provided as plugins (for instance, create a native Windows installer).

Maven provides support to run any executable system in a separate process along with Java programs in the same virtual machine on which Maven runs. The Maven Exec plugin provides this support using the exec goal (to run in a separate process) and the java goal (to run Java programs in the same process).

How to do it...

  1. Open a simple Maven project (simple-project).
  2. Run the command:
    mvn clean package exec:java –Dexec.mainClass="com.packt.cookbook.App" ...

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