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From David Jencks <david_jen...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: feature names are potentially ambiguous?
Date Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:17:09 GMT

On Oct 14, 2011, at 12:52 AM, Ioannis Canellos wrote:

>> 2. Any feature distributed by a project needs to have that projects name in
>> the feature name.  To take the aries-jndi example, if karaf names a feature
>> aries-jndi, and aries wants to publish a jndi feature themselves, what can
>> they call it?  I think karaf has to use "karaf-aries-jndi" and aries gets
>> "aries-jndi".
> imho, if aries shipped a feature, the way to go would be to reuse that
> feature in Karaf and don't ship a different feature ourselves.

I don't understand your thinking.  IIUC we already have a few features that contain only aries
bundles.  We're planning to release them for karaf 3, IIUC you want to name them things like
aries-jndi version 3.0.0.  Next week aries creates a similar feature and calls it aries-jndi
version 3.0.0, and we pack it up in a feature repository we distribute.  How do I know which
feature I'm getting?  I think this is why people have pretty much universally adopted FQN
for bundle symbolic names, and I think the same reasoning applies here.

BTW, I suggested the longer names when I started running into exactly this problem between
karaf and geronimo features.

david jencks
>> Of course one solution is to use a fully qualified name, and I don't think
>> they are really any more complicated than these partly-qualified names,
>> which is why I think we should keep them.
> It's not about being complicated (though I think it can create some
> confusion). It's about keeping things small and avoiding too much clutter.
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