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The enforcer rule offers a rule for checking projects against the signatures of an API.

Basic Usage

Checking a project against an API signature

In order to check your project against an API signature, you must add the enforcer rule as a dependency to the maven-enforcer-plugin and then configure the maven-enforcer-plugin to run the rule:

                <checkSignatureRule implementation="org.codehaus.mojo.animal_sniffer.enforcer.CheckSignatureRule">

The example above configures the signature for JRE 1.5. For a list of other ready-made signatures, please visit the Animal Scents subproject.

Once you have configured your project with details of the signature to check, maven-enforcer will be able to throw a build error if your any of your classes reference a class, a method, or a field which is not in either the signature or your project's dependencies.

Note: if you want to check against multiple separate APIs (e.g. check against the Tomcat, JBoss, and Jetty servlet containers, or check against multiple java versions) then you will probably want to keep the signature configuration inside each of your multiple executions otherwise your project will be checked against the union of all the signatures specified, which is probably not what you wanted.

Some more detailed examples of the checkSignatureRule rule.