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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <nicola...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Maven and repository@apache.org
Date Wed, 05 Jan 2005 14:36:18 GMT

Tim O'Brien wrote:
> What about having an XML description of the contents of a repository?  
> Such a description could serve multiple purposes, it could be used to
> enumerate known mirrors, it could be used to segment the "namespace" -
> say we reach some agreement with Sun and all sun artifacts fall into a
> namespace of sun-* and must be redirected to a Sun server, etc.  This
> XML file could be used by tools that want to provide a list of every
> possible artifact.
> What if every Maven repository knew of every other Maven repository
> because they all shared a common resolution.xml file (think /etc/hosts
> before the existence of DNS - hackish but it worked).  

This is something that is already present in the JJar[1] project.

Wouldn't it suffice to just tell the system in what repository to look 
for to get a certain artifact?

[1] http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/sandbox/jjar/

Nicola Ken Barozzi                   nicolaken@apache.org
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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