I wanted to use the Maven buildnumber plugin to generate a date string like "31-Jul-2008" for inclusion in an automatically generated release notes document. This way I could minimize the amount of manual tweaking I need to do when publishing the release.
This was easy enough (though quite verbose) to achieve:
Unfortunately, the resulting date string would be the expected "31-Jul-2008" on one computer, but "31-heinä-2008" (in Finnish) on my laptop. Instead of changing the settings of my laptop I wanted to explicitly set the locale that the buildnumber plugin should use when formatting the date. I wasn't too surprised that the required functionality didn't yet exist (it's quite common for people to forget about locales), but luckily it wasn't too hard to add. Thus MOJO-1193.
With my patch the required configuration becomes:
Consistency is good.