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From Remy Maucherat <r...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Distributing the .jar files as binaries in release
Date Fri, 21 Mar 2003 21:19:20 GMT
Mel Martinez wrote:
> In general, I like the idea because there are numerous
> projects out there that use specific jars from tomcat
> and this would greatly ease access.  There is some
> discussion going on elsewhere in the community for
> distributing jars with this kind of model.  The idea
> is that an application's expressed dependencies on 3rd
> party packages can include a URL to the specific jar
> (including version specification).   Thus deployment
> host platforms can automatically retrieve and resolve
> dependencies without the application developer having
> to be responsible for unpacking, repackaging a subset
> of tomcat (or whatever) and then possibly having to
> provide the subset on his/her own server.
> 
> The caveats are that I don't know if there is
> consensus yet on versioning format, there definitely
> are too many competing package dependency schemes and
> I'm not sure what the impact of jar refactoring will
> be.
> 
> Overall, though, I like the idea.

If it's just to be used for build tools, then it's ok (and no need for a 
proposal, it just needs to get done). The trouble starts if users start 
thinking they can use that to upgrade to a newer release, just by 
upgrading one or two JARs (or ever worse, mixing components). Then 
there's trouble.

Remy


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