RFC: spinning off base libraries
Gerald (Jerry) Carter
jerry at samba.org
Mon Jun 16 17:03:35 GMT 2008
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Michael Adam wrote:
> Hi Simo,
> I had proposed this at the team meeting at sambaXP.
> And it was rejected, mostly due to the additional amount of
> work required and the lack of real benefits.
> Now that you have elaborated and emphasized some of the benefits,
> I am interested in hearing what Tridge, Jerry and the other
> "objectors" say...
Ummm....I'm not an objector. I only expressed concern about
the amount of work. :-) I love using APIs :-)
> I myself am currently undecided, since I see that apart from the
> usefulness, it really is an additional workload that has to be done.
> And it I think it is a bigger task than it might seem.
> If someone can take care of maintaining these libs separately,
> I am of course in favour of the spin-offs.
> One problem is that libreplace is not quite complete yet.
> E.g., it implements different sets of functions on different
> platforms. That would have to be fixed/completed first, right?
> Cheers - Michael
> simo wrote:
>> There are a few base libraries that I would really like for us to spin
>> off to their repositories and have their own releases.
Multiple projects means multiple releases. Might it be better
to to just have a samba-base-dev project that incorporates all these
into a single "release". Vendors can of course then split
into multiple packages. And within a given release, each library
is independent, compact, and has a well defined owner. Just a thought.
>> I am referring in particular to:
>> libreplace (it's a dependency for the other ones)
>> later also libldb
The nice thing is that you can always break them out before
actually dealing with making Samba (either branch) use them.
I think everyone would be much more comfortable with switching
to use such an external package (set of libs) after the lib
project actually in place. Code always is more convincing.
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