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From John Sisson <>
Subject Re: Repository version precedence
Date Wed, 31 May 2006 03:47:40 GMT
Joe Bohn wrote:
> Am I the only one concerned about this?
I am also concerned, just been a bit busy to respond. See comments 
inline below.

> I think this is an important issue for our users.  They won't have the 
> luxury to wait for a completely new Geronimo image to fix a problem 
> with an embedded component.  They will also face these issues with 
> their own versioned application modules.  I would appreciate your input.
> Thanks,
> Joe
> Joe Bohn wrote:
>> I'm trying to get my head around the way that we make a version 
>> selection when multiple versions of a package are available.   This 
>> will be important as users need to include different versions of 
>> packages beyond what geronimo bundles or if they need to override a 
>> package with a local version.
I agree with David Jencks that we should use the same rules as Maven and 
work with the Maven project if there is something we need from Maven 
that it doesn't currently provide.

There isn't much official documentation on the maven site regarding 
version handing. Most of the documentation related to versioning I have 
found on mailing lists and confluence:

* " - indicates 
that version support in maven may be enhanced in Maven 2.1.
( also accessible from the the "Extending Maven 2.0 Dependencies" link 
on .

>> I was working with the tomcat jars and so I was looking for ways to 
>> drop in a modified version of the jars and have them picked up 
>> without removing the 5.5.15 versions.   Here are the items that I 
>> tried and which was chosen when compared to 5.5.15
>> 1)
>> -  Apparently any version with more than 2 dots is considered invalid 
>> and so the entire version is considered to be a qualifier (with a 
>> null for the major, minor incrementalVersion, and build - basically 
>> treated as 0.0.0-""). Any valid version is considered newer.
>> -  5.5.15 is chosen over
>> -  5.5.10 is chosen over
Hmm, I noticed we already have dependency JARs with four numbers in it 
(more than 2 dots) such as the Derby JARs , e.g. .  I wonder 
how many JARs out there could have four or more numbers considering the 
maven documentation does not currently mention any restriction.

>> 2) 5.5.15-1
>> -  The "-" is used to specify a qualifier or buildnumber.  Since the 
>> value after the dash was numeric, it was considered to be a 
>> buildnumber.  It appears that a build number is always considered 
>> newer than a package without a buildnumber.
>> -  5.5.15-1 is chosen over 5.5.15
>> 3) 5.5.15-01
>> -  The code ( treats the leading "0" as a special case. 
>> This makes the last part a qualifier rather than a build number.  Any 
>> qualified version is considered to be lower than a non-qualified 
>> version (such as with -SNAPSHOT).  Anybody know why this special 
>> check for "0" is in there?
>> -  5.5.15 is chosen over 5.5.15-01
AFAIK, the version code was taken from Maven, so might be worth asking 
the Maven project.
>> 4) 5.5.15-alpha
>> -  If the portion following the "-" starts with an alphabetic 
>> character then this last portion is considered a qualifier.  Once 
>> again, the qualified release is considered older than the same 
>> version non-qualified.
>> -  5.5.15 is chosen over 5.5.15-alpha
>> First, we need to document this behavior very clearly for users that 
>> need to replace packages we ship (or their own packages included in 
>> the repo).
>> Second, I would like to propose some changes:
>> -  IMO a qualified release should generally be considered *newer* 
>> than a non-qualified release.  I think SNAPSHOT would be the only 
>> exception. Right now we treat that exception as the rule for all 
>> qualifiers. I think we should add specific code for "SNAPSHOT" and 
>> have all other qualified releases take precedence over a 
>> non-qualified release.  I can imagine users wanting to add 
>> myjar-1.1-patch1.jar to replace myjar-1.1.jar.
>> -  I think we should treat a third "." to be the logical equivalent 
>> of a "-" in the version.  Most users would expect to be 
>> major version 5, minor version 5, incremental version 15, 
>> build/rev/patch/whatever 1 and consider this to be newer than 5.5.15. 
>> See #1 above for how we really treat 3 dots.  Providing 5.5.15-1 
>> gives substantially different results than providing which 
>> is not intuitive.
See comment above regarding Derby's versioning. Need to discuss any 
enhancements with Maven project to ensure we remain compatible.
>> Joe

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