The Configurator Maven-Plugin is generally used to configure packaged artifacts. You define one or more template files (naming pattern .template.) which will be processed. Template variables are replaced by property values.
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This method is intended primarily for Java Web Applications and Java Enterprise Applications which are packaged as WAR or EAR file. As soon as you start packaging and deploying (artifact repository) environment-configured artifacts, the are not portable anymore. With this plugin you are able to create templated artifacts. Just before deployment you finalize the configuration by injecting property values into your WAR/EAR.
All WAR’s/JAR’s within an EAR/WAR/JAR will be processed (recursive).
The configurator:configure configures the build file from your current project.
The configurator:configure-artifact configures an arbitrary, external artifact.
The configurator:configure-file configures an external file.