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From "Noel J. Bergman" <>
Subject Incubator artifacts and repositories
Date Fri, 16 Jun 2006 15:37:24 GMT
The repository folks have thus far created several repositories:

Other than filenames, which are meaningless when the artifacts are
transparently downloaded by build tools, the contents of makes no attempt to differentiate
between artifacts (snapshots or otherwise) for official ASF projects,
non-ASF projects, and Apache Incubator projects.

The Incubator has consistently established clear guidelines that Incubator
artifacts are supposed to require a deliberate, intentional, act of
acceptance on the part of the user.  Adding a general ASF repository of
mixed content does not satisfy that requirement, in my view.  I would be
happier, I suppose, with a separate repository, e.g.,, that clearly indicates the nature of
its contents, and contains only Incubator artifacts.

Opinions?  What do others feel?

I am leaving orthogonal my view that it is entirely irresponsible to
encourage or even condone the use of automatically downloaded artifacts
without authenticating the content of those artifacts.

	--- Noel

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