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From "William L. Thomson Jr." <>
Subject Re: Package renaming
Date Wed, 04 Oct 2006 17:29:09 GMT
On Wed, 2006-10-04 at 11:21 -0400, Yoav Shapira wrote:
> Hi,
> Pure neutral zero on this one, so I guess I'm not being particularly
> helpful.  On one hand I hate the renaming thing because it feels like
> an ugly hack and it makes life more difficult for downstream
> packagers.

Please, please, please, keep downstream packagers in mind when making
decisions like this.

>   On the other hand, we haven't had any DBCP-related
> complaints (besides the one from the downstream repackager last month)

I can't say how big of a problem building that jar is at the present
time on Gentoo given our build systems. Tomcat is one of the few java
apps that we are unable to build all aspects of. Due to repackage
sources, not binaries, from other projects into the final binary result.

I have no foreseeable solution to building that jar on Gentoo at this
time. I have discussed it extensively with others, and we are likely to
have to do some package specific hacks or etc to build that jar. In the
mean time, those needing that jar are having to fetch it from the a
binary release.

I would think re-packaging sources from other Java apps into other
binaries, jars etc would be far from ideal. However if it was
re-packaging, overloading, or etc binaries, that's another story. Much
less of an issue.

Otherwise I would suggest Tomcat package any sources used during
compilation. Even if they are sources from another project. Instead of
pulling them down via ant at build time if they are not present.


Also FYI, we had a 0 day release of Tomcat 5.5.20 on Gentoo :)
Along with a 0 day release of mod_jk 1.2.19 as well. Both are still are
keyworded experimental/unstable. In 30 or so days will be stable barring
any major bug reports.

William L. Thomson Jr.

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