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Re: [All][RNG] Fixing the download page

On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:48:30 +0000, sebb wrote:
On Wed, 19 Dec 2018 at 00:05, Gilles <gilles@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:28:46 +0100, Gilles wrote:
> Ping?

I found this:


Please confirm whether the fix is "manual".

Not sure what you mean by that.

I mean that the release plugin does not regenerate the "download.xml"
page (whereas this is typically a task that can be automated).

AFAIK the fix listed above has yet to be included in the release of
commons-build plugin.
Someone needs to release 1.10

In the meantime, to use 1.10-SNAPSHOT you can use a command of the form:

$ mvn org.apache.commons:commons-build-plugin:1.10-SNAPSHOT:download-page

Add -Dcommons.release.version=m.n.o to override the pom version if necessary.

Thanks; that's what I missed.

Just tried and... two problems:
1. The snapshot does not seem to be available from the usual place
   (Should it be generated by Jenkins?); I had to build the plugin
   and "install" it locally.
2. Running the above results in an error:
[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.commons:commons-build-plugin:1.10-SNAPSHOT:download-page (default-cli) on project commons-rng: Failed to execute: Executing Ant script: generate-xdocs.build.xml [download-page]: Failed to execute.: The following error occurred while executing this line: [ERROR] /tmp/plexus-ant-component10719660622814449892.build.xml:215: Unable to create javax script engine for javascript
[Note: this is on Java 9 and Java 10; on Java 8 it works fine.]

Since the commons build plugin is only used to automate editing the
download source file it does not matter whether you use a SNAPSHOT or
edit the file manually. Whatever gets the job done.

Sure.  Even "manual" is fine as long as we are not mislead top
believe that this is taken of care of automatically.

The step-by-step release recipe detailed in the "doc" directory
of "Commons RNG" had worked flawlessly for its v1.0 release.
But then for the v1.1 release (done by Rob, with the release-plugin)
some steps became outdated, with some of their replacement not fully
working (as I've detailed in other threads), manual tweaks had to
be done, but are nowhere documented; this is understandable since
the plugin is in development; but what is less, is that the release
process was broken for some components (namely "Commons RNG"), and
contrary to what you wrote several times, there was no easy way back
(i.e. downgrading CP) because the component's POM relied on CP for
common configuration necessary to fix general problems.


> Is this a "release-plugin" bug to report on JIRA (COMMONSSITE),
> or a usage issue?

The download plugin is basically a script to automate maintenance of
the download.xml source file.

AFAIK it has nothing to do with the release plugin.

IMO, it has (cf. above); it does not make sense to prepare an RC
with a wrong "download" page since it's likely to be a blocker
(during the vote, or ... at the announcement).

Except of course you need ensure the download xml file is correct
before starting the release.

I do not agree; For as long as I've been here, the advice (documented)
has been: "Run this command [...] to regenerate the download page".
If/when the Apache policy changes, it should become a priority task to
update <whatever> we rely on to make releases (that should abide by
that policy).
We cannot ask that people who use _recommended_ procedures suddenly do

The release-plugin goes in the right direction, but not all basic
expectations are met yet; so that people trying it all get hit by
the same problems (cf. current attempt for [Collections]).


> I did not spot a recent documentation resource that warns of
> this (new?) problem.
> Gilles
> On Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:38:38 +0100, Gilles wrote:
>> Hi.
>> [See below, the rejected announce mail for Commons RNG v1.2.]
>> Release candidates were generated with the "release-plugin".[1]
>> The "xml" template files were generated using
>>  $ mvn -Prelease commons-build:download-page
>> Please advise on the appropriate incantations (that would lead
>> to the download page being generated with correct links to the
>> checksum files (SHA-256).
>> Thanks,
>> Gilles
>> [1]
>> http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-release-plugin/index.html
>> On 13 Dec 2018 09:16:38 -0000, announce-owner@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>>> Hi! This is the ezmlm program. I'm managing the
>>> announce@xxxxxxxxxx mailing list.
>>> I'm sorry, your message (enclosed) was not accepted by the
>>> moderator.
>>> If the moderator has made any comments, they are shown below.
>>>>>>>> -------------------- >>>>>
>>> Sorry, but the download page is not acceptable at present.
>>> SHA1 is now deprecated; please replace with SHA256/SHA512, and
>>> resend the
>>> announce message when this has been done.
>>> Thanks
>>> Sebb
>>> <<<<< -------------------- <<<<<

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