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From Vincent Hennebert <vhenneb...@gmail.com>
Subject Non-released Dependencies
Date Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:06:52 GMT
Hi,

there’s an undergoing debate in the XML Graphics project about doing
a release that has a dependency on a snapshot version of another
(Apache, for that matter) project.

I know there’s a policy at Apache to not release a project that has
non-released dependencies. The problem is, I don’t know how I know
that... I cannot seem to be able to find any official documentation that
explicitly states it.

The following link: http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html#what is
apparently not convincing enough. I’m answered that this concerns our
own project but that it’s fine to do an official release containing
a snapshot binary.

Saying that every binary artefact has to be backed by source code and
that, in the case of a snapshot, we have to point to some Subversion
revision number, is apparently not convincing enough either. Despite the
obvious dependency nightmare that that would cause to users (and, in
particular, Maven users and Linux distributions).

Does anybody have any official reference to point at, that I may have
missed? More convincing arguments, legal reasons (should I forward to
legal-discuss@)?

Thanks,
Vincent

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