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From Thilo Goetz <>
Subject Re: OpenNLP Site
Date Sat, 04 Dec 2010 19:40:42 GMT
On 12/4/2010 20:35, Jason Baldridge wrote:
> Okay, I can be on board with this. Perhaps we just need to provide a "if you
> only want maxent" instruction in the documentation. If it seems we need to
> decouple the packages in the future, then we can do so.

Absolutely.  Also, at this point in the game, it's a bit
early to worry about those details, imho.  The svn layout
is orthogonal to the release/distribution issue.

We probably want to do a grand total release first of all,
so we clear all the legal hurdles.  If later on we find
that we want to roll separate releases of individual
packages, we can always do that.  Somebody just has to
step up and do the work :-)


> Jason
> On Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 3:40 AM, Jörn Kottmann<>  wrote:
>> On 12/3/10 11:00 PM, Jason Baldridge wrote:
>>> I think it is more of a conceptual thing. You download a package like
>>> maxent
>>> so you can build models for your own prediction task, and it would be nice
>>> to not have lots of extra documentation and such getting in the way of
>>> understanding how to get up and running with the software, etc. I just
>>> think
>>> it makes sense as a separate release unit that the OpenNLP toolkit depends
>>> on without swallowing it whole.
>> I clearly disagree here. Having a separate maxent distribution maybe a
>> little more convenient
>> for maxent only users, but it has other disadvantages.
>> To release the tools project we would have to release maxent always before
>> which
>> will add a two - three week delay for every tools project release which
>> depends on the maxent change.
>> Its also more work to release one more item.
>> Its also more overhead from the project structure, we need a separate
>> documentation project
>> for maxent, etc. Do you also want a separate website for maxent ?
>> The testing is also tangled, there are no good tests for maxent, expect the
>> quite
>> extensive regression test we do for the tools. In the end both projects
>> must be
>> ready for release, and maxent can not be really released separately.
>> In practice I think it means that we have usually to release both at the
>> same time,
>> expect for smaller minor fixes.
>> Jörn

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