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From Christian Schneider <ch...@die-schneider.net>
Subject Some thoughts about the system dir and artifact resolution on trunk
Date Tue, 06 Mar 2012 12:20:36 GMT
Hi all,

we recently switched to pax-url-ather on trunk and since then artifact 
resolution does not work like before. JB and others tried to fix the 
behaviour but I think the problem is more fundamental and can not be 
fixed in the way we currrently try.

As we might have different ideas of how artifact resolution and the 
system dir should work I will write down my thoughts of it below. So we 
can make sure we agree on how it should work before we fix it:

- When developing either karaf or custom bundles I do mvn install. So 
karaf should ideally use the snapshots from the local maven repo if they 
are newer then the ones from system dir
- Basically Karaf should do artifact resolution like maven. So it should 
first look in the local repo and only consult external repos if 
something is not found or for snapshots check for newer versions after a 
certain time
- The system dir should be read only and be consulted before real 
external repos if possible
- Karaf should be able to run in a offilne mode where it does not need 
an internet connection. Of course it is then limited to what is 
available in the local maven repo and in the system dir

  So how does the system dir fit in? Currently it is at least partly 
treated as a local maven repo. If something is missing it is downloaded 
to the system dir. On the other hand it seems to need metadata for 
snapshots to be found. So when resolving artifacts it seems to be 
treated as a remote repo.

I think the system dir should be treated like an external repo. That 
would ensure it is readonly. Of course that means that we have to 
provide all necessary metadata but that already seems to work at least 
partly. This of course means that we can not simply switch into the 
"offilne" mode by using the equivalent of -o. Perhaps we can instead 
tell maven to only use the given repos and not search any others.

I hope my thoughts were not too confusing and would be interested what 
you excpect from the karaf artifact resolution and how we could achieve it.


Christian Schneider

Open Source Architect
Talend Application Integration Division http://www.talend.com

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