Github user dszeto commented on the issue: https://github.com/apache/incubator-predictionio/pull/328 @pferrel For `pio build` we probably can enhance it such that it can take a working directory for compilation to run. If we look at some other build tools, they also rely on having certain files in the current working directory. For `pio train` and `pio deploy`, I absolutely agree that it should be able to run from anywhere as the most advanced scenario. My personal take to this change would be something comparable to a local HBase and distributed HBase setup. It would be ideal if someone can start playing with PredictionIO without setting up any external services (not even a SQL database). I believe Chan's change here is a partial step to make the learning curve less steep, and path ways for us to untangle engine registration so that it could become a feature that can be more easily documented and understandable. Do you currently have any production deployments that rely heavily on engine IDs and versions? That would be a bigger immediate concern regarding this change.
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