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From Noah Slater <nsla...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Shipping binary file in CloudStack release
Date Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:28:11 GMT
Nice summary Bertrand.


On 29 October 2012 15:22, Bertrand Delacretaz <bdelacretaz@apache.org>wrote:

> Hi,
>
> On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM, Chip Childers
> <chip.childers@sungard.com> wrote:
> > ...Waf is a packaging utility, used to create RPMs and DEBs.  Work is
> > currently ongoing to remove it (and it's use) from the project
> > entirely...
> > ...That will be several weeks of work (not days),
> > which is significantly longer than the community's desire to get a
> > first podling release out the door...
>
> I don't think any Incubator PMC member is asking you to remove that
> dependency, as I see it the only issue is that you are currently
> aiming to release in in binary form.
>
> > ...It's one line of bytecode within a file that is not core to the
> > project itself ...
>
> I don't think the issue is how big or how small that thing is: we do
> not release binaries, see http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html
>
> So IMO your options now are:
>
> a) Fix the problem and recut your release without that binary. Make it
> a separate -deps convenience package.
>
>
I concur with Chip that this would come with a non-negligible cost to
community spirit at this point. We've already been through a few rounds. I
would +0 this is the community wanted to do it, but I would also
be disappointed that we had to stop the release for something so minor.


> b) Come up with a documented plan (issue in your tracker for example)
> for how you're going to remove it from future releases, and still try
> to get this release through.
>

Given the relative unimportance, and size, of the file in question, I would
be willing to cast a binding +1 vote (as mentor and very new member of the
Incubator PMC) on this, if we would say for definite that we remove this
problem for the next release. But I was looking for some confirmation from
this list that this is OK.


> c) Try to convince us that such things are not really important, which
> does not seem successful so far.
>

Yes, I don't think that's going to happen.


> IMO, doing a) will get you immediate +1s. It's not uncommon for
> podling releases to go through a few iterations before being accepted,
> so I'm not sure what the problem with creating a separate -deps
> package is.
>
> Choosing b) or c) lowers your chances for mentors and Incubator PMC to
> give their +1s to the release.
>
> -Bertrand
>
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