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From Colin McCabe <cmcc...@alumni.cmu.edu>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] create a hadoop-build subproject (a follow up on the thread 'introduce Python as build-time...')
Date Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:35:45 GMT
I think this is a good idea, for a few different reasons.

* We all know Java, so this code will be readable by all.
* It will benefit the wider community of Maven users, not just our project.
* It gets rid of the shell dependency.  The shell dependency is
problematic because Windows doesn't support most UNIX shell code, and
also because different Linux distributions have different default
shells.  The /bin/dash versus /bin/bash issue has caused problems in
the past.

Is there any way this code could be used in branch-1 to solve some of
the issues there?  I know the protoc code, at least, would be useful


On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM, Alejandro Abdelnur <tucu@cloudera.com> wrote:
> On the '[VOTE] introduce Python as build-time and run-time dependency for
> Hadoop and throughout Hadoop stack' thread the vote for using Maven plugins
> for the build had an overwhelming acceptance (several +1s, a few 0s and no
> -1s).
> Current tasks of the build for being 'pluginized' are:
> 1* cmake (HADOOP-8887)
> 2* protoc(HADOOP-9117)
> 3* saveVersion (HADOOP-8924) (but this one has been -1)
> I've tested #2 and #3 in Windows an the worked as expected. Regarding #1,
> if cmake is supported (and used for hadoop) in Window, i believe it should
> work with minimal changes.
> As I mentioned in HADOOP-8924, "Writing Maven plugins is more complex that
> writing scripts, I don't dispute this. The main motivation for using Maven
> plugins is to keep things in the POM declarative and to hide (if necessary)
> different handlings for different platforms."
> In order to enable the use of custom plugins for the Hadoop build, we need
> to have such plugins available in a Maven repo for Maven to download and
> use them. Note that they cannot be part of the same build that is building
> Hadoop itself.
> While we could argue this plugins are general purpose and they should be
> developed in a different standalone project, doing this would definitely
> slow down when we can use them in Hadoop.
> Because of this, I propose we create a Hadoop subproject 'hadoop-build' to
> host custom Maven plugins (and custom Ant tasks for branch-1) for Hadoop.
> Being a sub-project will allow us to do independent releases (from Hadoop
> releases) of plugins  we need for Hadoop build. Plus, use them immediately
> in the Hadoop build.
> Eventually, if the Maven community picks up some of these plugins we could
> simply remove them from our hadoop-build project and change Hadoop POMs to
> use the new ones.
> Looking forward to hear what others think.
> Thanks.
> --
> Alejandro

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