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From Ariel Constenla-Haile <>
Subject [EXT] Oracle MySQL connector (was Mac OSX, Mysql native connector extension, and crashes)
Date Sun, 27 May 2012 16:51:13 GMT
Hi Alexander,

On Sun, May 27, 2012 at 06:11:49PM +0200, Alexander Thurgood wrote:
> Le 26/05/12 01:59, drew a écrit :
> Hi Drew,
> > 
> > I believe you missed an earlier decision by the group - that extension
> > is no longer supported. No reason really to open a bug report.
> No, I didn't ;-) but hell, I thought that seeing as it is still being
> provided for download on the AOOo extensions site and that nothing on
> there in relation to it says that it will probably no longer work, there
> is an expectation by people who previously used OOo and then upgrade to
> AOOo that the connector will continue to function.

It looks like the owner of the account that uploaded that extensions is
so changing this is beyond the Apache OpenOffice Project, in Ccing
ooo-dev so that Andrew Rist, from Oracle, gets informed about this

> In other words :
> - if it is supposed to work, then the project should attempt to ensure
> that it continues to work ;

If the bug is on the extension itself, AOO developers could fix the C++
code that was granted by Oracle to the ASF, but we cannot build it nor
relase it: the extension relies on LGPL (the C++ connector) and GPL (the
C connector) components.

> - if it is not supposed to work, then the project should either put up,
> as a minimum, the fact that it is no longer supported on the extensions
> website, or else pull the extension completely - obviously, pulling the
> extension would upset those who still may have a use for OOo 3.2.1 or
> 3.3.0 (myself included).
> So I suppose, ultimately, the problem is one of communication by the
> AOOo project to the broader slice of the unwitting population less
> knowledgable about the decisions made earlier on in the year.

It seems people *do* still download that extension:
Downloads: Today: 100 | Week: 1,612 | Month: 5,404 | Year: 230,495

I think that a good solution would be to upload a new version with the
description.xml modified to include a MAXIMAL version:

    < value="3.1" d:name=" 3.1"/>
    < value="3.3" d:name=" 3.3"/>

This will make the extension impossible to be installed in AOO >= 3.4

Ariel Constenla-Haile
La Plata, Argentina

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