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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wr...@rowe-clan.net>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Do we really need an incubator?
Date Tue, 08 Jul 2008 13:38:13 GMT
Davanum Srinivas wrote:
> 
> So can we figure out another way to make the end user make a conscious
> decision?
> 
> I doubt we will get much help from the maven team to support this use
> case. They would rather get the central repo and get it done! What
> bugs me is that in this whole discussion, no one even mentions how
> easy it is to add another repo in the poms or the settings.

No - that doesn't help the user make any decision whatsoever.  If you plug
your fedora distribution into the livna repository for a single package
that you -know- might be patent encumbered, you probably won't realize
when you yum install 20 more encumbered packages.

It's the top-level package that maven cares about.  That package's choice
to pick up an incubating dependency is the package issue.  Nobody is going
to even know what Apache Incubating Foo project was about, all they will
know is that the Bar project broke if Foo disappears.

If people think more in terms of a filesystem repository, which is what
Maven provides, rather than a website presentation dependency graph, this
really does become a dead issue.  Do we demand that your local checkout
of incubator respositories is to /tmp/... ?  Maven provides many third
party objects that are of top quality, and those of subpar quality.

It's simply a mirroring system.  We just got finished determining that
/dist/incubator/ must be on the mirrored main tree.  Why are people so
upset that we would follow the *exact same pattern* for maven?

Look, Maven serves packages.  Websites describe projects.  Yes, every
project dependent on an incubating artifact should provide *website*
disclaimers that a piece of their project could fall off the earth.
They probably won't.  But what's handy is that crawling Maven, you might
actually learn what projects consume incubating artifacts already, and
possibly grow some incubating communities due to such dependencies.



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