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From Julian Hyde <jh...@apache.org>
Subject How to review so-called "binary releases"?
Date Thu, 25 Oct 2018 03:25:33 GMT
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.

Julian

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