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From Márton Balassi <balassi.mar...@gmail.com>
Subject Inconvenient (unforeseen?) consequences of PR #1683
Date Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:36:59 GMT
Recent changes to the build [1] where many libraries got their core
dependencies (the ones included in the flink-dist fat jar) moved to the
provided scope.

The reasoning was that when submitting to the Flink cluster the application
already has these dependencies, while when a user writes a program against
these libraries she will include the core dependencies explicitly anyway.

There is one other case of usage however, namely when someone is trying to
run an application defined in these libraries depending on the core jars.
To give an example if you were to run the Gelly ConnectedComponents example
[2] from an IDE after importing Flink (or running with java -jar without
including the flink fat jar in the classpath) you would receive the
following class not found exception as per the current master:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError:
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(ClassLoader.java:760)
at java.security.SecureClassLoader.defineClass(SecureClassLoader.java:142)
at java.net.URLClassLoader.defineClass(URLClassLoader.java:467)
at java.net.URLClassLoader.access$100(URLClassLoader.java:73)
at java.net.URLClassLoader$1.run(URLClassLoader.java:368)
at java.net.URLClassLoader$1.run(URLClassLoader.java:362)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.net.URLClassLoader.findClass(URLClassLoader.java:361)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:424)
at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(Launcher.java:331)
at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:357)
at java.lang.Class.forName0(Native Method)
at java.lang.Class.forName(Class.java:264)
at com.intellij.rt.execution.application.AppMain.main(AppMain.java:122)

Where the class missing in runtime is in flink-core, a transitive
dependency of the jars moved to the provided scope.

Funny thing is we have tests in place to run our examples, but those add
test scope dependencies re-adding the missing classes, so it is never

I agree with the original purpose of PR #1683, but also think that the
current state makes for very inconvenient user experience.

I would like to open a discussion on how and when to resolve the issue
given the release of 1.0.0.

1. Is it a release blocker?
2. Should the change be reverted or is it sufficient to have proper
documentation around it? Maybe a maven profile for explicitly for
developing Flink without the provided scope?

Note that the issue was originally reported by Gábor Gévay.

[1] https://github.com/apache/flink/pull/1683



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