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From "Jukka Zitting" <jukka.zitt...@gmail.com>
Subject Again: The Maven Repository
Date Thu, 26 Jun 2008 05:54:50 GMT
Hi,

So far, despite lots of discussion, we haven't come up with a
consensus on this issue. I plan to start a majority vote on this to
settle the debate one way or another, but before that (and to avoid
dissolving the vote thread into another debate) I'd like to ask anyone
interested to bring up any new insight that hasn't yet been discussed.

Much of the debate so far has been rather abstract, so I think it
would help to highlight two concrete examples of what issues this
policy causes:

a) The incubating Apache Sling project just released a set of
artifacts in the m2-incubating-repository. Since these artifacts are
not in the standard repository, we end up with issues [1] and need to
document workarounds [2]. Is this really necessary?

b) The incubating Apache PDFBox project will sooner or later make an
incubating release. Previous PDFBox releases are already in the
central Maven repository and are being heavily used from there. Do we
really need to require (and instruct) downstream users to modify their
Maven settings just to get a PDFBox version upgrade?

The current Maven repository policy makes life more difficult for many
incubating projects and their users. Are these drawbacks worth the
benefits?

[1] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SLING-555
[2] http://incubator.apache.org/sling/site/getting-and-building-sling.html

BR,

Jukka Zitting

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