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remove a node from XML file


%pom_xpath_remove [Options] XPath [XML-file-location]...



Work in recursive mode. That means that given node is also removed from all enabled submodules of given POM file(s). Has no effect if the file is not Maven POM.


Do not throw an error when one of the specified files doesn’t contain given node.


This macro patches specified POM file removing all XML nodes described by the XPath expression. This also works on attributes and text nodes.

XPath is an expression describing a set of XML nodes to be removed from the POM file. It must be a properly formated XPath 1.0 expression, as described in http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath/.

Maven POM files use specific XML namespace http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 as default. This namespace needs to be explicitly specified in XPath expressions by prefixing all node names with pom (i.e. pom:modelVersion).

Many other XML formats also use namespaces which you have to explicitly specify. This script will use the namespace prefix names from the xmlns declarations in the document’s root element. So if the document begins with <root xmlns:my="myurl.com"> you would select the root node with XPath expression /my:root. If the document specifies a default namespace (eg xmlns="myurl.com") use the prefix named default to acces elements in that namespace.

XML location can be either a full path to the XML, or a path to the directory containing pom.xml or ivy.xml. If XML location is not given then pom.xml or ivy.xml from current working directory is used. When both pom.xml and ivy.xml are present, pom.xml is processed. You can specify more file locations.


%pom_xpath_remove pom:project/pom:reporting - this call removes reporting section from POM in current working directory.

%pom_xpath_remove 'ivy:configure' build.xml - this call disables loading of ivy configuration in build.xml file. Note the use of ivy namespace which was declared in the document as xmlns:ivy="antlib:org.apache.ivy.ant".


Written by Mikolaj Izdebski.

Reporting Bugs

Bugs should be reported through Java Packages Tools issue tracker at Github: https://github.com/fedora-java/javapackages/issues.

See Also

pom_add_dep(7), pom_add_parent(7), pom_add_plugin(7), pom_disable_module(7), pom_remove_dep(7), pom_remove_parent(7), pom_remove_plugin(7), pom_change_dep(7), pom_set_parent(7), pom_xpath_inject(7), pom_xpath_replace(7), pom_xpath_set(7).

Referenced By

pom_add_dep(7), pom_add_parent(7), pom_add_plugin(7), pom_change_dep(7), pom_disable_module(7), pom_remove_dep(7), pom_remove_parent(7), pom_remove_plugin(7), pom_set_parent(7), pom_xpath_disable(7), pom_xpath_inject(7), pom_xpath_replace(7), pom_xpath_set(7).

02/16/2024 JAVAPACKAGES Java Packages Tools