james strachan commented on ZOOKEEPER-83:

Note its pretty trivial to maintain an Ant build as well as a Maven build if 
folks really have an aversion to Maven. There's really no reason at all to 
disallow a maven build from being created; they can both happily coexist - and 
its also a pretty trivial bit of work - not some huge bit of R&D thats gonna 
slow down development on other things. Also note that a non committer has 
already contributed the patch already for you - so no more work is required 
other than committing it :)

Its worth remembering that pretty much all popular Java software at Apache is 
now released into a Maven repository...

so if folks stick with Ant and refuse to allow a maven build to coexist with 
the Ant build, someone should volunteer to figure out how to hack the Ant build 
to release ZooKeeper into the Apache maven repository - otherwise its pretty 
hard for folks who do use maven to reuse your code (and see from the repo how 
many Apache projects we're talking about not being able to easily reuse 

i.e. as part of the move to the ASF and being a good Apache citizen, I'd 
recommend hugely that as a minimum ZooKeeper releases its jars into the Apache 
Maven repository like most other projects do.

The easiest way to do this is just to reuse a Maven build to do releases (there 
doesn't yet seem to be anything in the Ant build to do actual signed releases 
or deploy builds anywhere) - and let folks who prefer Ant to stick to that for 
day to day development.

The easier it is to reuse a project, the more likely it'll get used and the 
more likely you'll get contributions; at least thats my experience at Apache. 
That doesn't mean you have to force your Ant-loving developers to switch build 

> Switch to using maven to build ZooKeeper
> ----------------------------------------
>                 Key: ZOOKEEPER-83
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ZOOKEEPER-83
>             Project: Zookeeper
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: build
>            Reporter: Hiram Chirino
>            Assignee: Hiram Chirino
>         Attachments: zookeeper-mavened.tgz
> Maven is a great too for building java projects at the ASF.  It helps 
> standardize the build a bit since it's a convention oriented.
> It's dependency auto downloading would remove the need to store the 
> dependencies in svn, and it will handle many of the suggested ASF policies 
> like gpg signing of the releases and such.
> The ZooKeeper build is almost vanilla except for the jute compiler bits.  
> Things that would need to change are:
>  * re-organize the source tree a little so that it uses the maven directory 
> conventions
>  * seperate the jute bits out into seperate modules so that a maven plugin 
> can be with it

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