11. August 2014

Gradle PMD – Can’t find resource null

Gradle has support for PMD. You can find following example on internet:

apply plugin: 'pmd'

pmdMain {
  ruleSets = [ "basic", "strings" ]

This code is not working with Gradle 2.0. Here is error message:

:pmdMain FAILED

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':pmdMain'.
  Can't find resource null. Make sure the resource is a valid file or URL and is on the CLASSPATH. Here's the current classpath: C:\Users\georgik\tmp\install\gradle-2.0\lib\gradle-launcher-2.0.jar

The reason is simple. In case of Gradle 2.0 you must add language prefix before name of rule. You must use java-strings instead of plain strings.

Here is correct example (available also on YSoftDevs Github):

apply plugin: 'pmd'

pmdMain {
  ruleSets = [ "java-basic", "java-strings", "java-braces" ]

You can find more rules for PMD in official documentation.

Thanks Matt Sicker for correct solution.