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From Gary Gregory <garydgreg...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ALL] symbolic links for "current" releases
Date Tue, 04 Oct 2011 20:26:39 GMT
The easier it is to make a release, the better :) I'm all for it.

Gary

On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM, sebb <sebbaz@gmail.com> wrote:

> Symbolic links should not be used in mirrored directories [1].
>
> We still use them in some components; I propose to delete them all
> later this week.
>
> The disadvantages are:
> - often don't get updated promptly; an extra task for the RM that is
> often forgotten
> - hide the true version when the archive is downloaded
> - cause additional load on mirrors (links are copied as actual files, if at
> all)
> - don't make any sense on archives.apache.org if a project is no longer
> active.
>
> If anyone thinks they need current pointers, then redirects can be used
> instead.
> These don't appear in directory listings, but if anyone has the
> current link bookmarked anywhere, the redirect will take care of it.
>
> Redirects still suffer from the disadvantage that they have to be
> maintained, and so can get out of step, but otherwise AFAIK they work
> well.
>
> [1] http://www.apache.org/dev/mirror-step-by-step.html#symbolic_links
>
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