How do I make a Javadoc task use my compile's dependencies?

I’ve inserted a Javadoc task into my Java compile, but it’s erroring out telling me it can’t find any of the classes that I included in the dependencies. The code builds and tests without a problem, it just won’t generate Javadocs. Here’s a snippet of the build:

task generateJavaDocs(type: Javadoc, dependsOn: 'compileJava') {
  source = sourceSets.main.allJava
  title = "My API"
  options.setHeader "MyBuildStuff"
  task docJar(type: Jar, dependsOn: 'generateJavaDocs') {
  classifier = 'javadoc'
dependencies {
 compile "org.springframework:spring-beans:$spring_version"

And an example error:

C:\Users\me\workspace\project\src\main\java\com\us\project\ error: package org.springframework.beans.factory.config does not exist
import org.springframework.beans.factory.config.ConfigurableBeanFactory;

Can anyone tell me what I’m doing wrong?

You can just use the ‘javadoc’ task added by the ‘java’ plugin.

Peter, I think that’s what I did, isn’t it? I found an example in the documentation that uses it through inheritance, so I pretty much cut and paste from that.

No, that’s not what you are doing. You are declaring your own ‘Javadoc’ task named ‘generateJavaDocs’, rather than using the preconfigured ‘Javadoc’ task named ‘javadoc’.