Could not get unknown property '...' for configuration container error occurs depending on project name


(Asadulin Alexander) #1

Hi guys,

I created a simple task in one subproject where I print dependencies of some configuration from other project. In some cases this leads to an error: Could not get unknown property ‘compile’ for configuration container. I found out that the first project name affects to the error occurrence.

Project structure:
| - build.gradle
| - build-jar.gradle
| - build-ear.gradle
| - settings.gradle

Files content:

  • build.gradle

task wrapper(type: Wrapper) {
gradleVersion = “2.14.1”

  • build-jar.gradle

project(":jar") {
apply plugin: ‘java’

repositories {

dependencies {
    compile 'commons-lang:commons-lang:2.4'


  • build-ear.gradle

project(’:ear’) {
task customTask() {
println ‘>>>’ + project(’:jar’).configurations.compile.dependencies

  • settings.gradle

include ‘:jar’, ‘:ear’
project(’:jar’).buildFileName = "…/build-jar.gradle"
project(’:ear’).buildFileName = “…/build-ear.gradle”

If you try to execute ‘clean’ task, you will get the error. But if the ‘ear’ project name will be changed to ‘tear’ as example in build-ear.gradle and settings.gradle files the error disappear. (945 Bytes)

Gradle: 2.13 and 2.14.1
JVM: 1.8.0_31 (Oracle Corporation 25.31-b07)
OS: Windows 7 6.1 amd64

(Stefan Wolf) #2


your custom task actually prints out the compile time dependencies at configuration time. What you actually want to do is something like

task customTask() {
  doLast {
    println '>>>' + project(':jar').configurations.compile.dependencies

The effect you are seeing is that the projects - if there is not dependency between them - are evaluated alphabetically.

I also do not understand why you have a project(...) block in build-jar.gradle and build-ear.gradle. It works the same way without that. This is only necessary if you include the configuration of the ear and jar project in the top level build.gradle.

(Asadulin Alexander) #3


Thank you very much for your explanation.
I’ve just started to use Gradle and a lot of things I do doesn’t make any sense.