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From Alex Karasulu <>
Subject Re: [VOTE][RESULTS] Should we merge the DIRSHARED and DIRAPI spaces in JIRA into a single one?
Date Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:17:04 GMT
On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM, Pierre-Arnaud Marcelot <>wrote:

> On 5 août 2011, at 13:24, Alex Karasulu wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM, Pierre-Arnaud Marcelot <>wrote:
>> On 5 juil. 2011, at 22:53, Alex Karasulu wrote:
>> > On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 1:01 PM, Emmanuel Lecharny <>
>> wrote:
>> >> On 7/5/11 11:47 AM, Pierre-Arnaud Marcelot wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>> Just to be clear before I make the changes.
>> >>>
>> >>> Should I merge DIRSHARED into DIRAPI ? or DIRAPI into DIRSHARED?
>> >>>
>> >>> My choice would be the first option, as Shared is becoming the API.
>> >>> What's yours?
>> >>
>> >> DIRAPI is way better, IMHO.
>> >
>> > I suggest the opposite because of the investment that has gone into
>> > references for DIRSHARED. And at the end of the day it's still shared
>> > stuff across both main projects, studio and the server. There are more
>> > things that will go into this down the line besides LDAP. If we
>> > release later we can release just parts of it instead of the whole
>> > thing: meaning just the ldap api.
>> >
>> > We can still restructure but we're going to unsettle some references
>> > we've put even into the code around these issues from the past. If
>> > you're find with doing away with it then I can live with it but we
>> > will lose more.
>> Hi Alex,
>> I understand your point but hopefully JIRA is pretty well built and
>> manages to keep references perfectly.
> No arguments there. Jira is just great.
>> Have a look a recent issue a user created in a wrong JIRA project,
>> DIRSERVER-1630.
>> It has been created in the DIRSERVER project but I moved it later to
>> DIRAPI, since the issue was related to the LDAP API instead.
>> During the move of the issue JIRA gave a new ID to the issue in the DIRAPI
>> project, DIRAPI-47.
>> The old ID is still valid and the JIRA link
>> now redirects to the
>> new issue:
>> Lastly, in the Activity section of the issue ('All' sub-section selected),
>> the move has been registered with both origin and destination values
>> (project, version).
>> So, as you see, I'm not really sure we're going to loose anything in the
>> migration...
> Yeah I see this np. However my worry is in labeling this Directory TOP
> level project as specific to the LDAP API since we're most likely going to
> have more protocol API's added in the not so distant future. However if you
> guys are thinking of creating yet another project that is a peer of DIRAPI
> say DIRKRBAPI, then this might be possible but then we need to be a little
> more explicit. Perhaps then DIRLDAPAPI so we can have DIRKRBAPI etc. See
> where I am going?
> Yeah, but I can't foresee the future.
Nor can I but when in doubt, without an immediate need or urgency it's best
not to act. I'm really not seeing this as anything more than just renaming
something to rename it. I think as a group we need to avoid such things as
we stabilize both in terms of our products, their documentation and our
habits. I advocated more gitter in the past to help us find the best resting
points early when we were forming but now we need to be a bit more
conservative with some gitter in the right place. This move just does not
have value, and it churns things needlessly. Why do it?

> It depends on how we organize the project (in terms of version control,
> build and release).
> We could have a single project (the current DIRAPI project for example) and
> multiple components in it: ldap, kerberos.
> Or we could have two different projects instead...
Yep agreed.

The whole change here is between API and SHARED. Not everything is API
related either. It could just have been called COMMON.

> However I may be over doing it with the categorization. I am just stating
> that we should just do this once and not have to deal with such a shift
> again in the next year when this new API emerges naturally out of our
> progress. Just trying to hint at some way to save us all some more
> management overhead otherwise it's a no brainer.
>> The only thing we'd probably want to do is to create new versions in the
>> DIRAPI project matching all versions of the DIRSHARED project.
>> Maybe with a prefix, to avoid any misunderstanding.
>> 0.9.19 in the DIRSHARED project would then become shared-0.9.19 in the
>> DIRAPI project.
> This seems to be getting more involved in terms of managing things.
> Renaming things is not really going to add all that much value, but it will
> mix up or organization changing links that are embedded in certain places
> referencing issues.
> It is not mandatory, just a thought I had to maintain some kind of basic
> history (for the moved items).
> Links to the moved issues will continue to work with both forms (old and
> new project ID), as I explained above.
> There's probably a better way I just want a bit more thought on it because
> really there's no serious urgency or am I missing something here?
> There's no "real" urgency but it has to be done because it has already been
> voted

We started a vote but we're still discussing this. I just want to get on
base community wise on this and make all the necessary points. Really it's
not going to kill us making this move but it's that we are continuously
making these kinds of changes. Our users are going to get confused
additively over time.

> and more importantly because it is really confusing to have two JIRA
> projects associated with a single project.

There's more issues inside the DIRAPI than in DIRSHARED plus DIRAPI is less
commonly used since DIRSHARED has been around so much more. This is my whole
point in that if we need to push a merge let's do it by merging DIRAPI since
there's less investment in it. Plus the API concept holds less than the
SHARED and COMMON concepts do. All the code in this area is not just for
exposing an API. It's for code that is common across our major products:
Studio and ApacheDS.

> People are contributing bug and improvement reports in both projects and
> it's getting complicated to merge things when doing a release because you
> have to look at two spaces.
> It also involves managing versions for the two projects, etc. etc...
Understood. So then a merge is valid and I'm not disputing this at all.
These are very good reasons to merge these however let's give up on the Jira
project we have the least time and effort investment in both as committers
and as users.

> That was the whole point of the initial vote...
I totally agree with you, so the question now is what stays and what is
merged away. My arithmetic on this matter deals with investment time and
what identifier best fits our way of managing and releasing projects.

So I'm a +1 on the merger. A +1 on merging DIRAPI into DIRSHARED where
DIRAPI disappears and a -1 on the reverse due to the reasons I stated
above. Please excuse me for beating a dead horse to death on this matter but
I sincerely feel that we have significant investment in DIRSHARED over
DIRAPI over time, energy and community familiarity.

Best Regards,
-- Alex

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