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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: Non-voted Release Candidate binary downloadable from project homepage possible?
Date Thu, 31 Dec 2015 14:26:19 GMT
On Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 3:25 AM, Daniel Dekany <ddekany@freemail.hu> wrote:
> OK thanks, makes sense, then RC-s at FreeMarker will go through the
> same process as final releases (except that they don't go to stable
> Maven Repo-s such as the Central).
>
> This, however, means that sometimes we will have two "latest releases"
> under http://www.apache.org/dist/incubator/freemarker/engine/, like
> 2.3.24-incubating/ and 2.3.25-incubating-rc1/. I hope that's fine.
> (The release policy says "/www.apache.org/dist should contain the
> latest release in each branch that is currently under development.",
> which doesn't strictly stand here.)

Yes, that's fine.  That passage in the Release Distribution Policy is
primarily motivated by the need to keep the volume of material in mirrored
distribution under control.  Clearly it is appropriate in this case to go
against the SHOULD.

Earlier I suggested that you would need two VOTEs for this approach.  If the
content of the "public RC"[1] source archive differs from that of the "final"
source archive, that's definitely true.  However, if the "final" is only a
renaming of the "public RC", I'd like to explore whether or not we can spare
you from the second VOTE.

Is it the case that you could transform a "public RC" into a "final" using
only `svn mv` (and similar) to rename files within `dist.apache.org/release`?

Marvin Humphrey

[1] I'm using "public RC" here to differentiate from an RC which has not yet
    been approved for public distribtion by an Apache PMC following the
    Release Policy.

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