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From George Harley <george.c.har...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: Downloading dependencies
Date Mon, 03 Apr 2006 13:43:50 GMT

Please see this thread for previous discussion on this matter ...


Best regards,

Tim Ellison wrote:
> You have a valid point.
> We used to store the dependencies in our SVN, then there was discussion
> about redistributing these, so we moved to downloading them.
> I don't really care where they are hosted (i.e. a JAR repository at
> Apache or ibiblio or random projects) -- whatever the project mentors
> think is best practice for the ASF.
> Regards,
> Tim
> Etienne Gagnon wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've noticed that the build system tends to download external files.
>> While I see some merit to this, I think that it is not a good approach
>> in general, as it creates a very fragile build system in the long term.
>> Imagine that some bug is discovered in Harmony 25.4.  Regressions are
>> applied against it and historical versions.  Versions 24.x, 23.x, 22.x
>> all exhibit the same bug.  Then, ooops!, version 21.7 does not build as
>> some library dependency can't be satisfied, the remote host has
>> died/changed URL/etc.
>> I can understand that we might not want to store dependency libraries in
>> the repository (yet, I am not that sure I really understand...).  What
>> prevents us from storing them on the web site?  (I guess the web site is
>> already all in the repository anyway, so storing them in one branch or
>> another doesn't make much difference other than the difficulty to
>> checkout the system, then building w/o a network connection...)
>> Unless we don't consider building historical versions as being
>> important, or that a network connection is a hard dependency for
>> building the system (a source CD wouldn't be sufficient to build)?
>> Etienne
>> PS: I know, I know... I've got a few other messages to reply to...  Just
>> give me some time. :-)

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