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From Sharan F <sha...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Request for clarification of Release Policy regarding external jar files
Date Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:59:33 GMT
Hi Alex

I'll give you some context as to why I asked the question.

We recently kicked off what we hope to be a large effort to tidy up and 
significantly re-factor our trunk. As as part of that work we wanted to 
explore better ways to handle any external dependencies so before we got 
any further into our discussions, we wanted to check that we had the 
correct understanding of the options available.


On 10/06/16 18:23, Alex Harui wrote:
> On 6/10/16, 7:04 AM, "Marvin Humphrey" <marvin@rectangular.com> wrote:
>>> "source releases" do not contain binaries
>> Yes.
> Where binaries == compiled source.  AIUI, you can have other "binaries"
> like images and fonts in the source package.  IIRC, bundling compressed
> sources is discouraged as well.
>>> projects may also publish "binary releases"
>> This is not accurate.  Third parties (most often the release manager) may
>> provide compiled packages.  The colloquialism typically used to refer to
>> these
>> packages is "convenience binaries".
>> The Foundation does not endorse binary packages because such packages are
>> opaque and cannot be audited by a PMC.
> All true, but AIUI, if the 3rd party is a release manager, the RM is
> allowed to distribute those binary packages from Apache servers.
> I'm curious as to what scenario Sharan is dealing with.
> -Alex

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