The java plugin dynamically generates configurations for source sets. In 2.12 these are:
Per the code in JavaBasePlugin.defineConfigurationsForSourceSet all four have their visibility defaulted to false.
There might be a good reason for defaulting to false that I can’t think of. Based on experience with dependency management and my opinion I think the following visibility defaults may be more appropriate:
- compile - true
- runtime - true
- testCompile - false
- testRuntime - false
Right now in order to change the visibility the configurations must be configured (with maybeCreate for safety) and done so in an order-sensitive way to override the false that is set by the generation code.
I make use of visibility for custom code for generating ivy files and setting the “visibility” attribute on “conf” elements. I do not believe the current version of gradle supports this out of the box yet.