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From "Sebb (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (INFRA-4144) Allow Nexus to act as staging repo for /dist mirrors
Date Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:09:40 GMT

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Sebb commented on INFRA-4144:
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The reason I raised this is that Maven can easily upload both types of release artifacts to
Nexus, which can then act as a single location for VOTE reviews.

However the subsequent processes for non-Maven artifacts are tedious and error prone, and
overall using Nexus does not really help with non-Maven artifacts.
About the only advantage at the moment is that only a single URL is needed for all the artifacts.

==

I don't understand what you mean by:
"(which would need to be done if this process happened when a staging repo was closed)"

==

AFAIK, all ASF releases must be available via the main mirror system, which syncs from /dist.
Maven projects usually also release to Maven Central, which uses a different mirroring system.

Maybe this should be taken to the Infra list, as I understand there are proposals to change
the way developers upload to /dist.
                
> Allow Nexus to act as staging repo for /dist mirrors
> ----------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: INFRA-4144
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/INFRA-4144
>             Project: Infrastructure
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>      Security Level: public(Regular issues) 
>          Components: Nexus
>            Reporter: Sebb
>            Assignee: Brian Demers
>
> Nexus is generally used to stage Maven artifacts for release votes.
> It's possible to use Nexus to store the non-Maven archives so that there is a single
public download location for the release vote.
> However, the non-Maven archives have to manually copid to the /dist mirror when the vote
succeeds.
> They then have to be deleted from the staging area before it is released/promoted.
> This is tedious and error-prone.
> It would be very useful if Nexus could also be used for staging the archives intended
for the dist mirrors (non-Maven)
> The process would be:
> - RM uploads both the Maven and non-Maven artifacts to Nexus, e.g. using "mvn deploy"
(but see below)
> - RM checks the contents and closes the staging repo
> - run the vote using the public staging repo as the source location for all release packages
> - if the vote succeeds, releasing/promoting the staging repo would publish the Maven
artifacts to the Maven releases repo, and publish the non-Maven archives to the /dist mirror
area.
> The Nexus GUI needs to have some way to distinguish which packages are Maven packages,
and which are not.
> This is essential to ensure that the packages will be correctly deployed.
> Perhaps by using a different directory in the same part of the tree?
> It also needs to be possible to easily upload non-Maven packages without using Maven.
> The intention is to have a single staging location which can be used for all Apache releases,
whether using Maven or not.
> P.S. I'm happy to help with testing this. I suggest setting up a dummy project for the
purpose.

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