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From "David Graham" <>
Date Thu, 08 May 2003 18:59:01 GMT
Regardless of how well DBCP works, Struts doesn't need to bundle a 
DataSource implementation.  Many people use implementations from their 
container vendor, many others use implementations from their database 

There are significant problems in DBCP that are a long term goal to fix.  
There are 3 open bugs against it right now.  If those are fixed we can go 
with DBCP.  We recently stopped bundling the jdbc extension jar and require 
people to download it separately.  It's just as reasonable to require people 
to download a separate DataSource implementation.  In this case it would 
allow us to release Struts faster.


>From: "Brandon Goodin" <>
>Reply-To: "Struts Developers List" <>
>To: "Struts Developers List" <>
>Subject: RE: Yes, it's another VOTE: RELEASE STRUTS 1.1 WITH DBCP NIGHTLY 
>Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 11:55:31 -0600
>How is it that DBCP works well in Tomcat and not struts? Is Tomcat's
>conneciton pooling services as buggy as DBCP in struts? I have been using
>DBCP in Tomcat for some time with no problems. If Tomcat is released with
>DBCP then why isn't it good enough for Struts?
>Brandon Goodin
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Joe Germuska []
>Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 11:36 AM
>To: Struts Developers List
>Subject: Re: Yes, it's another VOTE: RELEASE STRUTS 1.1 WITH DBCP
> >Everyone agrees that 1.1 is long overdue yet it seems that we can't
> >let go of it and release it.  It's irresponsible to hold up the
> >release because of a DataSource package with 0-2 developers
> >supporting it.  My guess is that many people won't care; if they do,
> >they can hop over to DBCP and get it fixed.
> >
> >I think after pool and fileupload go final we should have another
> >RC2 vote.  I hope that anyone who votes -1 because of DBCP will chip
> >in to fix it.
>I think that Ted's suggestion of rolling back to the
>GenericDataSource is the best one.  It seems that there must be very
>few people using DBCP with struts, or it would have more champions
>here and it wouldn't be slated to go out the door with a future
>At 6:14 AM -0400 5/8/03, Ted Husted wrote:
> >In Struts 1.0, we had our own GenericDataSource. GDS works, but only
> >so well. In Struts 1.1, being good citizens, we've been trying to
> >migrate to DBCP. For backward-compatibility, DBCP is actually being
> >called from inside a wrapper that makes it look like the GDS.
>As long as the "only so well" is less buggy than the DBCP
>implementation, it seems like abandoning DBCP would be totally
>reasonable, particularly if DBCP can't get a full release and very
>few Struts users are actually depending on its functionality.  More
>dramatic changes (like actual API changes) have already happened
>during the 1.1 development process...
>Joe Germuska
>"If nature worked that way, the universe would crash all the time."
>	--Jaron Lanier
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