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From Benedikt Ritter <>
Subject Re: Should a vote about a commons wide checkstyle config be submitted to the PMC (was Re: Common checkstyle)
Date Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:27:17 GMT

for the record: since more than 72h have passed with no response, I 
guess we can drop this topic and leave everything the way it is.


Am 25.02.2012 17:33, schrieb Benedikt Ritter:
> Hi,
> for some reason this discussion ended without a result. Maybe it is time
> to summarize what has been discussed so far.
> This all goes back to a commit by Gary, that fixed several check style
> issues in VFS [1]. The following discussion between Gary and Ralph and
> others [2] showed, that there are several thinks unclear regarding the
> check style configurations in commons:
> - which configuration to use when starting a new project
> - if the check style configuration of a project can be changed
> - if there is a commons wide check style configuration, that all
> projects could agree on
> It was then suggested to call a vote on whether there should be a
> commons wide check style configuration. This question is still unanswered.
> Arguments for a commons wide configuration:
> - it is easier for people to swap between projects and for new
> contributers to get started
> - Commons is one subproject of the ASF, so it should have only one style
> - all source code would be formated the same way (making it "common" )
> Arguments against a commons wide configuration:
> - several projects have evolved their configuration in different ways,
> making it hard to find a commons wide style
> - Reformatting will be a lot of work
> - teams should be able to choose their own style
> - most people only develop a few components, so that the swapping is not
> that much of an issue
> - Technical restrictions (where to place such a commons wide check style
> file?)
> As a solution to those arguments it was proposed to have a default check
> style configuration, that can be used for new projects. This
> configuration may be overwritten by the different components if they
> feel the need.
> So now we have to answer the question: Should a vote be submitted to the
> PMC?
> Regards,
> Benedikt
> [1]
> [2]
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