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From "Brown, Carlton" <>
Subject RE: Does Ivy really have a cache resolver?
Date Tue, 18 Mar 2008 13:40:56 GMT
 > -----Original Message-----
> From: Xavier Hanin [] 
> Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 1:22 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Does Ivy really have a cache resolver?
> CacheResolver has been introduced quite a long time ago and 
> never documented because it wasn't supposed to be public. I'm 
> still not sure it's a good idea to use it... IMO, Ivy caching 
> mechanism should be strong enough to avoid the requirement 
> for a cache resolver, at least at resolve time. With the 
> addition of dynamic revisions caching in beta 2, now Ivy 
> cache has all information necessary to be able to perform a 
> resolve from the cache, without actually requiring to use the 
> cache resolver. This may require some improvement, like 
> accepting to use dynamic revision resolution cached data even 
> when they have exceeded their TTL. This could be a special 
> resolve mode or refresh mode. With this improvement, the last 
> thing for which the cache resolver would still be useful is 
> publishing. But even in this case, I'd prefer using a local 
> repository with useOrigin="true": the behavior is sligthly 
> different, but I think this should address all the needs 
> covered by cache resolver which only has its root in bad 
> caching support and is a design flaw. What do you think? Do 
> you see a use case where CacheResolver is really necessary?

Like you said, publishing is the situation where a CacheResolver is
really needed.  It's true we can work around this by implementing a
local repository as our cache.  But that duplicates artifact storage,
wastes disk space, etc.  Also we'd need to duplicate some sort of
cleaning strategy that already exists with <ivy:clean>

Considering that Ivy already has a perfectly good cache, it seems
inefficient and wasteful to duplicate that functionality.  But I concede
that the local repo workaround is not too much of a hardship, and there
are more important issues to be worked right now.

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