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From Christopher <ctubb...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Moving away from Thrift
Date Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:32:56 GMT
On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:21 AM Josh Elser <elserj@apache.org> wrote:

> Did you offer to make the release? See me with commons-vfs a time back.
>
>
The current issue with Thrift is not the point. The problems we've
encountered with Thrift were was provided as background context only.


> Your proposal seems to me like you're blowing the situation out of
> proportion.
>
>
I haven't proposed we do anything beyond "consider" or "discuss". I don't
think "consider" or "discuss" are "out of proportion", even if Thrift had
zero problems.


> On Nov 16, 2017 23:58, "Christopher" <ctubbsii@apache.org> wrote:
>
> > The current Thrift issue has already been fixed with a patch. Their PMC
> > needs to release it, though.
> >
> > Following ASF's commitment to "community over code", I think it would be
> > inappropriate for an Apache project to fork another active project while
> > that community still exists. It's better to work with them if we can, and
> > to use another dependency if we can't. There may be ASF policy against
> such
> > forking, but that may only apply to forking non-ASF projects. In any
> case,
> > I don't think it's a good idea.
> >
> > Also, even if we are able to resolve the current issue of releasing a
> > version without the spammy print statement, I think there's value in
> > discussing possible alternatives and their pros/cons. There's no timeline
> > for this. Consider this an open-ended discussion regarding RPC
> > alternatives. I just want to gather those alternatives into one place to
> > discuss.
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:43 PM Ed Coleman <dev1@etcoleman.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Have we tried fixing the current issue and then submitting a
> > pull-request?
> > >
> > > I'd favor first submitting a pull request and any other help that we
> can
> > > provide to get it adopted and released soon - failing that we could
> fork
> > > the project and go from there. That could offer us a path to correct
> the
> > > immediate issue and offer time to consider other alternatives.
> > >
> > > Ed Coleman
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Christopher [mailto:ctubbsii@apache.org]
> > > Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 11:36 PM
> > > To: accumulo-dev <dev@accumulo.apache.org>
> > > Subject: [DISCUSS] Moving away from Thrift
> > >
> > > Accumulo Devs,
> > >
> > > I think it's time we start seriously thinking about moving away from
> > > Thrift and considering alternatives.
> > > For me, https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/THRIFT-4062 is becoming
> > the
> > > last straw.
> > >
> > > Thrift is a neat idea, but to be blunt: there seems to be a fundamental
> > > lack of care or interest from the Thrift developers at the current
> > moment.
> > >
> > > Some of the problems we've seen over the years: Every version is
> > > fundamentally incompatible with other versions. Repeated flip-flopping
> > > regressions seems to occur with each release. Fundamental design
> concepts
> > > like distinguishing server-side exceptions (TApplicationException vs.
> > > TException) are undermined without consideration of the initial design.
> > > And now, a serious bug (a spammy debugging print statement) was left in
> > for
> > > nearly a year now (still exists in current version), and no response
> from
> > > the PMC to indicate any willingness to release a fix. Repeated requests
> > to
> > > the developer list has gone ignored. And, I'm not even counting my
> > requests
> > > for assistance debugging a compiler issue on s390x arch having also
> gone
> > > ignored.
> > >
> > > These problems are not exclusive to Accumulo. Many of these are
> problems
> > > that Cassandra has also faced, and I'm sure there are others.
> > >
> > > It's possible that Thrift can remedy the situation. None of these
> > problems
> > > are insurmountable, and none of them are beyond fixes, particularly if
> we
> > > can afford to volunteer more to help out. My intention is not to throw
> a
> > > fellow Apache project under the bus, and I do not intend to give up
> > > reporting bugs, and contributing patches to Thrift where appropriate.
> > But,
> > > I think we also need to think realistically, and consider alternatives,
> > if
> > > Thrift development does not go in a direction which is favorable to
> > > Accumulo.
> > >
> > > So, with that in mind, any suggestions for alternatives? With
> pros/cons?
> > >
> > >
> >
>

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