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From "Ewen Cheslack-Postava (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (KAFKA-6223) Please delete old releases from mirroring system
Date Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:49:00 GMT

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Ewen Cheslack-Postava commented on KAFKA-6223:
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Should we maybe consider two use cases for downloads? Users are one, and they should probably
be properly mirroring if needed. We shouldn't support them repeatedly downloading indefinitely.

What is the reliable path for projects that need downloads internally just for their own testing?
For example, because we didn't get reliable downloads for our system tests (which need reliable
downloads for installation of old versions so we can do compatibility testing), we ended up
moving to externally contributed hosting. The time frame we're covering currently is pretty
close to what I'd consider the bare minimum -- we test against Kafka 0.8.2.2, but 0.9.0.0
is the next most recent version and is *barely* under 2 years old. Given current standards
around LTS releases, I don't think we could do anything less than 2 years of releases. (To
that point, the fact that both 0.9.0.0 and 0.9.0.1 are removed seems like a mistake to me
-- they are recent enough that we should still be hosting at least 0.9.0.1.)

> Please delete old releases from mirroring system
> ------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: KAFKA-6223
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/KAFKA-6223
>             Project: Kafka
>          Issue Type: Bug
>         Environment: https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/kafka/
>            Reporter: Sebb
>            Assignee: Rajini Sivaram
>
> To reduce the load on the ASF mirrors, projects are required to delete old releases [1]
> Please can you remove all non-current releases?
> It's unfair to expect the 3rd party mirrors to carry old releases.
> Note that older releases can still be linked from the download page, but such links should
use the archive server at:
> https://archive.apache.org/dist/kafka/
> A suggested process is:
> + Change the download page to use archive.a.o for old releases
> + Delete the corresponding directories from {{https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/kafka/}}
> e.g. {{svn delete https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/kafka/0.8.0}}
> Thanks!
> [1] http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html#when-to-archive



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