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From Gary Gregory <garydgreg...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [ALL] "current" links in download directories
Date Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:36:27 GMT
Delete them.

Gary


On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM, sebb <sebbaz@gmail.com> wrote:

> Some components have "current" links in the top-level dist/ directories.
>
> For example:
>
> http://www.apache.org/dist/commons/digester/
>
> has several such links.
>
> These are presumably supposed to always point to the current latest
> release.
> However, they are tricky to maintain (perhaps more so now we are
> moving to svnpubsub).
>
> Also they don't behave well. For example, if one downloads the link,
> the file is named after the link, not the target, so it's not clear
> exactly what has been downloaded. Also one cannot tell what file is
> being referenced.
>
> In fact, looking at the files uploaded to
>
> https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/commons/digester/
>
> it appears that the entries are copies of the files, not actually
> links, so the links clearly are tricky to maintain. Also there are now
> two copies of each of the files in SVN, and these will appear on each
> 3rd party mirror. Not ideal.
>
> The links are expensive in maintenance and disk space.
>
> I think they should be deleted unless there is a very good use-case
> for keeping them.  This seems very unlikely, as no-one has complained
> about the Commons components that don't have the links.
>
> Thoughts?
>
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