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From robert burrell donkin <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL][all] Break dependency on commons-build
Date Sun, 12 Mar 2006 20:09:40 GMT
On Sun, 2006-03-12 at 16:45 +0000, Stephen Colebourne wrote:
> IIRC, we've been advised against overuse of svn:externals before. 

this is a classic use case for svn:externals (including a common
directory). i see any technical reason not to use it. 

> The mechanism I've described is simple enough - just use the Internet for 
> what it was supposed to be used for. And no duplicated files at all.

i played around with the svn:externals approach yesterday and the
problems with the resolution of entities in maven make it harder than it
should be. it's fragile and has taken a lot of maintenance over the
years so maybe it's time that we gave another approach a try. 

generally speaking, hosting DTD's on apache hardware is very much
frowned up: DTD look ups eat a surprising amount of bandwidth. in this
case, though, i don't think that it should cause a problem.

why not give it a try and see if it improves things?

- robert

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