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From "Nathan Beyer" <>
Subject Re: webdav wagon changes
Date Thu, 22 May 2008 02:03:38 GMT
WebDAV users are already using a crappy beta provider, will this really be
any worse?

Currently, my organization is utilizing the default provider, so we'll have
to add additional bits to all of our POMs to take advantage of the provider
that's NOT of the EOL path. The default provider for WebDAV is on EOL,
correct? Will the jackrabbit provider eventually become the default

I'd be more amenable to Jason's thinking if there was at least a loose plan
for what's going to happen, but frankly I'm still skeptical. The wagon
development/community is so isolated, non-responsive and slow I'm skeptical
of anything going on here. Does wagon development discussion only happen on


On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 10:01 AM, Jason van Zyl <> wrote:

> On 20-May-08, at 9:17 AM, Brian E. Fox wrote:
>  I agree a single provider is less confusing. What if jackrabbit is the
>> trunk and we make slide a branch? If the api hasn't changed, then it should
>> be ok.
> It's not the API that matters, that has to be the same. It's the way it
> behaves. You lose nothing have two providers and not changing the way
> everyone uses it now while having the option to use something new. You have
> no idea what the behavior may, or may not, push on to users of WebDAV. Just
> avoid the potential problem of calling it the same thing, finding out there
> is a problem, trying to roll it back, and by some weirdism in maven-artifact
> users get the wrong provider. Don't make it more complicated then it has to
> be. People can choose the new implementation when they want.
> We have enough problems with users complaining about the auto-magical
> update. Do we really want to explain "Oh we called it the same thing but we
> completely changed the implementation while it was in beta."
>  -----Original Message-----
>> From: [] On Behalf Of Nathan
>> Beyer
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:26 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: webdav wagon changes
>> I'd prefer a single 'webdav' provider. If there are concerns of passivity
>> or
>> correctness, then I'd suggest a call out for help testing it, which could
>> identify any possible regressions. The slide-impl is pretty bad and I'd be
>> willing to live and work through any bumps for a long-term win.
>> If there's a SNAPSHOT or a way of building one and some quick instructions
>> on how to replace the slide impl in 2.0.9, I'd certainly be able to start
>> some larger-scale integration testing.
>> -Nathan
>> On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 12:43 AM, Brett Porter <> wrote:
>>  Hi,
>>> I just finished some work to migrate the webdav provider from slide to
>>> jackrabbit using the patch from James Dumay. Slide leaked some file
>>> handles
>>> and is an unsupported project. In the process I added some more tests
>>> around
>>> transfer listeners as some providers weren't registering them correctly.
>>> Jason suggested on IRC that it might be better to retain the slide webdav
>>> provider as-is and move the new code to wagon-webdav-jackrabbit.
>>> Any opinions on this before I go ahead and do that?
>>> I'm thinking of still renaming the slide wagon to wagon-webdav-slide in
>>> such a case, so that on upgrading the version they are forced to choose,
>>> but
>>> still have access to the slide one if needed.
>>> The only issue I can see is it clashing with the other one built in to
>>> 2.0.9 for the plexus 'dav' component, but I haven't tried to see if it
>>> wins
>>> out correctly if used.
>>> BTW, I've also brought the SCM provider in to trunk from the sandbox -
>>> it's
>>> apparent from JIRA that a number of people are using it, so I think we
>>> should support it for the limited use cases it currently supports.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Brett
>>> --
>>> Brett Porter
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> Thanks,
> Jason
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> Jason van Zyl
> Founder,  Apache Maven
> jason at sonatype dot com
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