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From "Carsten Ziegeler" <>
Subject RE: Zombie code (was: Re: [announce] CVSSource at
Date Thu, 16 Jan 2003 09:09:16 GMT
Sylvain Wallez wrote:
> Carsten Ziegeler wrote:
> >Sylvain Wallez wrote:
> >
> >
> >>>Well, for the download feature we don't really need one of those. Ant
> >>>is able to download things as well. Look at the avalon framework build
> >>>script for example. It provides extra targets to download 3rd party
> >>>libraries.
> >>>
> >>Can be a way to go. However, I'd like to place an absolute requirement
> >>on the build system : the "dist" target *must compile all source files*.
> >>
> >>That means we may not require all libs to be present to build a local
> >>cocoon.jar (some users want to build their own jar but don't need the
> >>whole stuff), but the distro must include everything.
> >>
> >Hmm, interesting idea - this is currently not the case. I'm not sure, if
> >this is really a good idea. For example, how many downloaders need the
> >php support?
> >
> >
> Not that many, but if the class isn't included in the distro, then you
> can be sure _nobody_ will use it ! And so this becomes "zombie code" in
> our CVS repo !
> Look at [1] and [2] : this clearly shows that JSPEngineImplWLS _is_
> zombified. Users need it but don't know about it, and those who know
> about it find it to be out of date and give up... Had this code been
> included in the distro, we certainly would have received some patches to
> upgrade it for newer versions of WLS.
So, that's simple: we need better documentation :) (just kidding)

If I understand you right, you mean the compiled classes but not the
required libraries, right? If so, that's ok for me.


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