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From "robert burrell donkin" <>
Subject Re: mirroring/rsyncing the maven repos on
Date Thu, 26 Oct 2006 12:15:07 GMT
On 10/26/06, James Strachan <> wrote:
> With the hardware issues of lately its been a trying
> week working on stuff in the incubator - maven builds have been
> failing most of the week. We've also lost a few releases it seems
> (XBean 2.7, ServiceMix 3.0 maybe others too) due to the reversal to an
> old backup.
> Am wondering, is it time to mirror the repos in so
> we can insulate ourselves against future failures?

infrastructure historically have very real worries about the bandwidth
which would be consumed by lots of short lived releases being pushed
out to the full range of mirrors. the incubator historically has
issues about users becoming confused between full apache releases and
incubator releases. both forces pushed towards installing on

i'm strongly in favour of using a special subversion repository to
store releases of all kinds and maven repositories in particular. this
would allow pre-commit scripts to be run to check that the artifacts
complies with the requirements about signatures and checksums. it
would also give a complete history for all artifacts, log who uploaded
which artifacts and allow easy email messages to be sent whenever
changes are made to the repository. access could be limited to release

so, i would prefer to see incubator releases stored in a central
subversion repository and a zone managed by the IPMC used to host them
for download. perhaps a small number of select incubator-only mirrors
could be recruited. IMHO this would solve the worries over excessive
rsync bandwidth and the IPMCs concerns about isolation.

- robert

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