disable obfuscation in gwt css resources

Option 1 setting in gwt.xml

use the

<set-configuration-property name="CssResource.style" value="pretty"/>

the code that generates the aforementioned  very  long class names is present in the
computeObfuscatedNames  method of com.google.gwt.resources.rg.CssResourceGenerator  class:

 if (prettyOutput) {
          obfuscatedClassName += "-"
              + type.getQualifiedSourceName().replaceAll("[.$]", "-") + "-"
              + name;
        }

Retaining the original class names is a very useful tool while development. (obfuscation is ideal for only production)
Unfortunately, you can not override the above method which means we are stuck with these long names. I wish there was a way to have GWT just retain the class names as they are.

Option 2 use @external

con: using @external for each and every class is cumbersome and cant be used for styles within widgets
pro: we can keep the original name.

By checking out the source-code, and cross comparing with the GWT wiki, I found:

/* @external also accepts tail-globs */
@external .myProject-*;
.myProject-text {}
.myProject-foo {}

So, if you want to let all the classes in a CSS resources in a file be external, use:

@external *;

Another flavor is


@external .legacySelectorA, .legacySelectorB;
.legacySelectorA { .... }
.legacySelectorB { .... }
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