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From "William A. Rowe, Jr." <>
Subject Re: [RESULT][VOTE] Time for 4.1.32?
Date Fri, 16 Jun 2006 00:32:21 GMT
William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:

> Anytime a committer wants, they are absolutely free to tag the tree and tar the
> build.  But at that moment, it's a 'plain old tarball', it's not a release (even
> if there was a vote beforehand like this one.)

FYI - there's a reason for this.  Even if there are competing interests, nobody
can single handedly block another release, or even a small minority.  Putting
releases into user's hands is what the ASF is all about.  Good ones we hope :)

It might seem arcane, but this is based on the collective wisdom of the original
httpd group to ensure that when there are times that folks are generally being
disagreeable, at least the project cannot be frozen solid.  I'm glad the Tomcat
project is really working twords similar goals and we don't have any of that
hassle here; but it's good to keep using the same pattern so that even if there
were disagreements in the future, it's possible to keep the project flowing.

Oh - and this isn't the same as releasing vetoed code.  If you want to cut a
release, and someone's commit has a veto outstanding, simply tag the version
before the debated code was added.  Again not a problem here lately, and that's
a good thing.

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