There are times when we wish to know right away the line number of the source code that caused a test to the fail. The Surefire Report Plugin has the capability to cross reference the source code that made the test fail. In order to activate this feature, the maven-jxr-plugin should be declared in the <reporting> section of the POM along with the maven-surefire-report-plugin. For more details, please read the documentation of the Maven JXR Plugin.
<project> [...] <reporting> <plugins> <plugin> <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId> <artifactId>maven-surefire-report-plugin</artifactId> <version>2.20</version> <configuration> <!-- place your configuration here --> </configuration> </plugin> <plugin> <groupId>org.apache.maven.plugins</groupId> <artifactId>maven-jxr-plugin</artifactId> <version>2.1</version> </plugin> </plugins> </reporting> [...] </project>
After executing mvn site for site generation, you'll notice that from the Failure Details section of the report, a link is available to redirect you to the source code that caused the failure.
In the figure below the code that caused the failure is com.test.proj.AppTest:36
The link will redirect you to the source by clicking it.