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From Dennis Lundberg <>
Subject Re: HELP! - WAS: Re: [vote][net] Release commons-net 1.4.1?
Date Sun, 04 Dec 2005 20:57:40 GMT
Phil Steitz wrote:
> On 12/4/05, Dion Gillard <> wrote:
>> On 12/4/05, Phil Steitz <> wrote:
>>> On 12/3/05, Steve Cohen <> wrote:
>>>> Nope, 1.6.
>>>> This is sort of what I meant when I said it's harder to do these
>>>> releases.  How is one supposed to KNOW what versions of these 30 or 40
>>>> plugins you have to have in order to build a release?
>>>> Does Jakarta or Jakarta-commons have a page that tells you the minimum
>>>> maven setup needed to do a site release?  If not, it probably should
>>>> have.  I know this is a dynamic process, but this is nuts.
>>> Good point.  Right now
>>> just contains the statement "Be sure to follow the instructions for
>>> upgrading the plugins to the latest releases."  We could either doc
>>> the full set there or check in the output of maven --info as a text
>>> file in commons-build, making changes to that as necessary.  I would
>>> recommend the second option, with a link on the "building" page.  I
>>> will do that if no one beats me to it.
>> If we really do *have to have* a specific release of a plugin, it
>> should be a dependency of the project.
>> Noone should be forced to remember it.
>> Worst case, we should provide a link to suggested upgrades and details
>> about what to expect if you don't.
> Agreed.  I tried yesterday to add plugin version dependencies to the
> commons-build POM (the most logical choice).  This got maven to
> download the updated versions when necessary, but I did not get
> consistent results from maven --info afterwards, so I did not commit
> the change.  It could be that my local setup got messed up due to
> removing / updating plugins during testing.

Brett said that this *should* work, so I decided to try it myself. I 
received the same results as you did Phil, regarding maven --info, but I 
think I understand what is going on now. I have posted a question about 
this on the maven-users list to see if I can get some confirmation.

> I added a script to install all of the versions (probably more than we
> need) to commons-build root, called pluginUpdate.txt.  Dennis provided
> a patch for the "building" page mentioning the xdoc 1.9+ dependency. 
> It would probably be a good idea to add a "troubleshooting" section
> describing commons problems due to wrong plugin / maven versions, etc.
>  Any other suggestions / patches / updates welcome.

Dennis Lundberg

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