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RFC: merging GNU Crypto and Jessie

From: Casey Marshall
Subject: RFC: merging GNU Crypto and Jessie
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 23:42:28 -0800

A few of us have been throwing around the idea of merging GNU Crypto and Jessie into GNU Classpath, so Classpath will have full support for crypto and SSL "out of the box." We've proposed this before, and I think this idea was mostly approved by the group, but no-one ever got around to doing it.

I'd like to propose again that we do this. I'll try to get to this myself, but if I can't get this done, we'll at least have a plan of action. I propose that we

- Rename the root package 'gnu.crypto' to 'gnu.javax.crypto' in GNU Crypto, and merge the current CVS sources into Classpath (not under external/). We then put GNU Crypto into a kind of "stasis" mode, and continue to develop these sources in Classpath. - Rename the root package 'org.metastatic.jessie' to '' in Jessie, and merge the current sources. Then, I'll stop developing that branch on its own.

We can then also merge other parts of GNU Crypto to projects where they make sense; its testsuite can go into Mauve (it was written to use (a possibly old version of) Mauve's own test harness classes), and the various tools can go into cp-tools.

I think most Classpath hackers think this is a good idea; I'm sending this mail out to the individual project lists to see if there are any objections from users of either package. To be clear, GNU Crypto won't go away, while Jessie will. GNU Crypto MAY continue to be developed, but not by me (and if history is a precedent, then neither by anyone else).

If I'm not able to put this patch together, I will answer anyone's questions about how to proceed, if we get a volunteer.


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