Our build process (using ant) is setup to fail if findbugs finds any bugs. The findbugs xml report is still generated though.
From the findbugs hudson plugin help: "This plug-in is not invoked for failed builds, it is only called for stable or unstable builds (i.e., a build with failed tests)."
Since the findbugs hudson plugin does not run on failed builds, it is not easy to view what failed in a findbugs report.
Please add the option to run the findbugs hudson plugin even for failed builds.