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From Matt Hogstrom <>
Subject Re: maven-repository cont.
Date Sat, 31 May 2008 01:59:13 GMT

On May 30, 2008, at 8:53 AM, Brian E. Fox wrote:
> IMO, things going into the central repository must have their entire
> transitive hull available in the central repository. Therefore, we  
> must
> draw one of two conclusions:
> 1.      Incubator releases go into Central
> 2.      Regular releases cannot use Incubator artifacts

The Geronimo project had this problem when we were releasing 2.0 which  
was certified to fully support JEE 5.0.  To accomplish this we used  
artifacts from both Yoko and CXF to accomplish this.  If we were to  
wait for the incubator projects to graduate we would not have been  
able to succeed in getting our project moved forward.  What we did to  
provide stability and avoid the problem with the SNAPSHOTs we created  
a repository project in our build tree.

In this tree we placed the time dependent artifacts so someone that  
wanted to rebuild a release later on could by simply checking out the  
tag.  When the build was done the repository project was built and the  
artifacts were then placed into the developers local repository.  This  
allowed us to continue moving forward and break a hard dependence on  
SNAPSHOTs and transitive releases as well as provide a unified build  

I think its up to each project to decide how to approach this problem  
and there are ways of doing this w/o putting the incubator Jars into  
the central repo.


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