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From "Robert Scholte" <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Retire Maven Downloader
Date Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:20:42 GMT

On 7-6-2019 15:32:50, Robert Scholte <> wrote:

The Apache Maven project consist of about 90 (sub)projects. Due to the small number of volunteers
and the huge amount of code to maintain we're missing enough space to make real progress on
all these projects, including our ambitious ideas for the next major version(s) of Maven itself.
To be able to gain more focus we need to criticize the current subprojects and decide if it
is worth maintaining. [] describes
the main purpose in one line: Provide a super simple interface for downloading a single artifact.
Well, right now the preferred library to do so is either maven-resolver or maven-artifact-transfer. 
There have been only 2 releases, the last one was in December 2006.

I therefore propose that we retire the maven-downloader.

I don't think it makes sense to do a final release. Instead we should update the documentation
and freeze the codebase.

The process for retiring a plugin is described here: [] 

The vote is open for 72 hours.
[ ] +1 Yes, it's about time
[ ] -1 No, because...

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