Maybe I formed my ideas earlier in Mavens history when SNAPSHOT was simply a symlink that could be moved to point at any release. Some places in the repository actually have SNAPSHOT symlinks that point to a fully versioned releases... These are not interim builds...
lrwxrwxr-x 1 jvanzyl apcvs 26 Jan 17 2004 excalibur-logger-SNAPSHOT.jar -> excalibur-logger-1.0.1.jar
lrwxrwxr-x 1 rdonkin apcvs 16 Jul 19 15:18 jaxme-rt-SNAPSHOT.jar -> jaxme-rt-0.3.jar
lrwxrwxr-x 1 rdonkin apcvs 16 Jul 19 15:17 jaxme-xs-SNAPSHOT.jar -> jaxme-xs-0.3.jar
Clearly there is vague definition here if this symlink can point at a release like this.
Some are concerned that removing these could cause some folks distros to break. Though, no one in thier right mind should release against a SNAPSHOT.
Dion Gillard wrote:
SNAPSHOT versions are never a 'fully sanctioned release' and are simply a point in time build. It is VERY different from CURRENT in the apache sense which means latest released.
AFAIK, there's no confusion over this.
-- Mark Diggory Open Source Software Developer Apache Jakarta Project http://jakarta.apache.org