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From "paul cannon (Commented) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-3507) Proposal: separate cqlsh from CQL drivers
Date Wed, 04 Jan 2012 18:45:40 GMT


paul cannon commented on CASSANDRA-3507:

bq. Maybe, but I've seen at least Jonathan and Eric state above that they wouldn't necessarily
mind having cqlsh separate, and I've missed the part where they said "ok, I'm convinced, it's
worth having cqlsh in-tree".

The conversation about that, afaict, ended after a general agreement that if we remove cqlsh,
we probably want to remove cassandra-cli as well, followed by an objection from Nick that
"Personally I think the user experience is significantly decreased if users have to download/build/install
a separate project in order to actually interact with cassandra once it's running."

To sum up, my personal ideal solution would be to take cqlsh out of tree, along with cassandra-cli
(and, actually, all the other bundled dependencies) and use package relationships to manage
all that complexity (and just give tarball users a nice long installation readme).

But _if_ we want something built in to the main official C* tarball to allow talking to C*
once it's running, I think we have to include cqlsh — based on the premise that the project
wants cql to be the preferred mode of interface. If we include cassandra-cli but not cqlsh,
cql will remain second-class. If we don't care about that, then yay, definitely we should
leave cqlsh out.
> Proposal: separate cqlsh from CQL drivers
> -----------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-3507
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Packaging, Tools
>    Affects Versions: 1.0.3
>         Environment: Debian-based systems
>            Reporter: paul cannon
>            Assignee: paul cannon
>            Priority: Blocker
>              Labels: cql, cqlsh
>             Fix For: 1.0.7
> Whereas:
> * It has been shown to be very desirable to decouple the release cycles of Cassandra
from the various client CQL drivers, and
> * It is also desirable to include a good interactive CQL client with releases of Cassandra,
> * It is not desirable for Cassandra releases to depend on 3rd-party software which is
neither bundled with Cassandra nor readily available for every target platform, but
> * Any good interactive CQL client will require a CQL driver;
> Therefore, be it resolved that:
> * cqlsh will not use an official or supported CQL driver, but will include its own private
CQL driver, not intended for use by anything else, and
> * the Cassandra project will still recommend installing and using a proper CQL driver
for client software.
> To ease maintenance, the private CQL driver included with cqlsh may very well be created
by "copying the python CQL driver from one directory into another", but the user shouldn't
rely on this. Maybe we even ought to take some minor steps to discourage its use for other
> Thoughts?

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