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From "Owen O'Malley" <owen.omal...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Back-port TFile to Hadoop 0.20
Date Tue, 07 Jul 2009 20:49:17 GMT
On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 1:39 PM, Dhruba Borthakur <dhruba@gmail.com> wrote:

> I think we are trying to change an existing Apache-Hadoop process. The
> current process specifically says that a released branch cannot have new
> features checked into it.
> This vote seems to be proposing that "If a new feature does not change any
> existing code (other than build.xml), then it is ok to check in that
> feature
> to an existing release branch".
> If my understanding is right, then +1 on the above proposal.

 No, this is not changing the process.

It has always been ok to call a vote whether a new feature can be backported
on to a stable branch. The community should weigh the value of the
contribution relative to the risk of induced instability. The goal of the
prohibition against back porting features is to ensure that the stable
versions stay stable.

-- Owen

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