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From Martin Sebor <se...@roguewave.com>
Subject Re: STATUS files in podling release
Date Sat, 03 Jun 2006 02:33:27 GMT
Hiram Chirino wrote:
> On 5/30/06, Martin Sebor <sebor@roguewave.com> wrote:
> 
>> robert burrell donkin wrote:
>> > On 5/27/06, Jeremy Boynes <jboynes@apache.org> wrote:
>> >
>> >>
>> >> On 5/27/06, Jim Jagielski <jim@jagunet.com> wrote:
>> >> > Is STATUS appropriate to be bundled in the release?
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >> I had the same question relating to the Tuscany release. In general I
>> >> don't think it should as STATUS reflects the state of the project
>> >> rather than the code being distributed and technical matters can be
>> >> covered in some form of release notes (e.g. README). However, during
>> >> incubation, the state of the podling is more likely to be a material
>> >> factor for potential users so I would suggest that requiring it to be
>> >> included should be part of incubator policy.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > +1
>> >
>> > If others agree I'll volunteer to update the incubator site to reflect
>> > that.
>>
>> I assume we are discussing the status HTML file generated from
>> each podling's XML template and not the XML itself, or some
>> third document. I.e., this file (to use stdcxx as an example):
>> http://incubator.apache.org/projects/stdcxx.html
>>
> 
> Actually.. I think the STATUS file that this thread was discussing was
> a STATUS file checked into the root of the project's SVN directory.
> For example:
> 
> https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/activemq/trunk/STATUS
> 
> I'm not sure but it may be that this format may have fallen out of
> favor for the STATUS version that you described.

Yes, I believe that is the case. This STATUS file is not required
to exist anymore and from what I've seen most if not all podlings
have switched to the required HTML/XML document long time ago.

Martin

> Part of the problem
> is that incubation procedures change with time and someone that was
> mentor at one time and comes back to the incubator with a project may
> be using old procedures like maintaining STATUS files in the project
> root directory.
> 
> In other words, even mentors may get a little of date with the latest
> and greatest incubation procedures.  I'm not sure it's an easy thing
> to solve.
> 
>> FWIW, I see very little on these pages that's relevant (or even
>> terribly meaningful) to anyone but the incubator so I'm not sure
>> what the average user would get out of it.
>>
>> In addition, isn't there material on these pages that projects
>> are normally not permitted to distribute (except without the
>> explicit permission of the board: e.g., the feather)? If it
>> became a requirement for podlings to distribute such material
>> how would it it affect this usual restriction, and what impact
>> would it have on third parties wanting to re-distribute these
>> releases? I.e., would it become necessary to remove all such
>> non-distributable material before re-distributing a tarball?
>> How would the third party know where to look?
>>
>> If it is felt that it is important to distribute the status
>> with the release wouldn't it be easier to include a link
>> pointing at the status web page from within the podling's
>> README?
>>
>> Martin
>>
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