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From Dave Fisher <dave2w...@comcast.net>
Subject Re: How to review so-called "binary releases"?
Date Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:53:18 GMT


> On Oct 24, 2018, at 8:25 PM, Julian Hyde <jhyde@apache.org> wrote:
> 
> It has been said many times that Apache does not do binary releases, only source releases.
But users like binary releases (or pre-built binary artifacts, if you prefer), and therefore
podlings like to create them.
> 
> So, is there any guidance for how to review a release that contains source and binary
tar-balls. Take, for example, crail-1.1-rc2[1], which contains both a -src.tar.gz and  a -bin.tar.gz.
> 
> -rw-rw-r-- 1 jhyde jhyde 28115272 Oct 23 11:25 apache-crail-1.1-incubating-bin.tar.gz
> -rw-rw-r-- 1 jhyde jhyde      473 Oct 23 11:25 apache-crail-1.1-incubating-bin.tar.gz.asc
> -rw-rw-r-- 1 jhyde jhyde      169 Oct 23 11:25 apache-crail-1.1-incubating-bin.tar.gz.sha512
> -rw-rw-r-- 1 jhyde jhyde  1706869 Oct 23 11:25 apache-crail-1.1-incubating-src.tar.gz
> -rw-rw-r-- 1 jhyde jhyde      473 Oct 23 11:25 apache-crail-1.1-incubating-src.tar.gz.asc
> -rw-rw-r-- 1 jhyde jhyde      169 Oct 23 11:25 apache-crail-1.1-incubating-src.tar.gz.sha512
> 
> As a reviewer, how am I to vote on this release candidate? Should I vote -1 because the
RC contains binaries? Should I ignore the -bin.tar.gz and just vote based on the -src.tar.gz?
Or are there some review steps I should apply to the -bin.tar.gz?
> 
> If this policy is documented somewhere, please send me the link, but I couldn’t find
it.

I consider the source release separately from the convenience binary releases.

I am on the Apache OpenOffice PMC where there is a single source release and over 240 binary
releases. I vote on the source release and one or two of the pertinent binary releases. EG.
I;ll vote on the us-en release but not the pt-br or other language releases.

(BTW- We are about to VOTE for OpenOffice 4.1.6. RC1 now.)

When I do vote the checks are the same except I will attempt to build a source release.

Regards,
Dave

> 
> Julian
> 
> [1] https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/incubator/crail/1.1-rc2/
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