legal-notices does not exist error when building Policy Agents and OpenAM 11.0.0 from source

Last updated Jan 5, 2021

The purpose of this article is to provide assistance if you receive a legal-notices does not exist error when building Policy Agents and OpenAM 11.0.0 from source using Apache Maven™.


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The following error is shown when attempting to build from source:

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-war-plugin:2.3:war (default-war) on project openam-server-only: Execution default-war of goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-war-plugin:2.3:war failed: basedir c:\openam11\target\legal-notices does not exist -> [Help 1]

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The create folder script for the target/legal-notices folder is missing from the POM.


This issue can be resolved by commenting out or removing the following code in the war-plugin configuration section of the pom.xml file (located in the openam/openam-server-only directory in the war file) before building from source:

<webResource> <directory>${}/legal-notices</directory> <includes> <include>**/**</include> </includes> <targetPath>WEB-INF/legal-notices</targetPath> <filtering>true</filtering> </webResource>

Alternatively, you can include the following mkdir script in the openam-server-prepare-war.xml file (located in the openam/openam-server-only directory in the war file) before building from source to ensure this folder is created during the build process:

<mkdir dir="${}/legal-notices"/>

See Also

Building from source fails for Policy Agents 3.3.x and OpenAM 11.x with a NoGoalSpecifiedException

Aether ClassNotFound when building Policy Agents and OpenAM 13 from source

FAQ: Source code in AM

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Related Issue Tracker IDs

OPENAM-3637 (The OpenAM\target\legal-notices folder structure is not created and the build fails when trying to build the OpenAM 11.0 WAR)

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