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asm3 [Was: Jpackage: follow or lead?]

Hi Jerry,

Jerry James wrote:
On 8/22/07, Fernando Nasser <fnasser redhat com> wrote:
Do you know how backwards-compatible is this Asm 3.x version?

Well, there are changes to the API:


Yeah, certainly not a drop-in replacement....

Whether those changes affect any particular application will require
examining that application, of course.  In my case, I want to get
findbugs [1] into Fedora, but current findbugs uses ASM 3.0, hence
this thread.  Permaine is working on getting the current jpackage.org
asm2 package into Fedora, but there doesn't seem to be anyone working
on ASM 3.0.

I think it is just because nobody asked for it I guess... findbugs uses bcel in the JPP build.

BTW, why not using bcel?

In any case, I think we should go with a asm3 one.  This end up being
used by some software that require certification and changing the
version used is always troublesome for their developers.

Yes.  My worry is that with the current naming scheme, we will find
ourselves making asm3 packages now, asm4 packages next year, asm5
packages after that, etc.  I would think it would be better to have an
asm-3.0 package now, and compat-asm-2.x versions if needed.  However,
that runs contrary to the jpackage naming scheme.

It wil all depend on upstream projects upgrading from asm 1.x and 2.x I guess, of some of us patching them to use the newer version instead.

I'd still say we add an asm3 to JPP and import it in here.

I can get asm3 into JPackage 5.0, perhaps into the devel area and could
even import it and build.

But I suspect, even being a versioned package of asm, one would still
have to propose it using the usual proceedure.

Right.  I am certainly interested in seeing ASM 3.0 get into Fedora
one way or another.  Take that as an offer to help. :-)

Let me see if I can build asm3

But I stil wonder why not use bcel, which we already have?

BTW, have you looked at the findbugs package in JPP 5.0?

[1] http://findbugs.sourceforge.net/

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