As suggested by Brian, I'd like to draw attention to the discussion on
The PR is an upgrade of the webservices stack, including JBossWS, Apache
CXF, JAXB-RI and JAXB API. In particular, the JAXB upgrade is for EE8 and
better JDK 9 compatibility.
Now, due to the upgrade of the JAXB API spec jar, the PR is essentially
stalled since 20 days; the new spec is released as an alpha (as it's been
tested within JBossWS only) and that does not satisfy a rule that requires
any artifact being pulled to be Final.
We're talking about a spec jar, we could simply re-tag that as Final,
chances are we won't need changes any time soon there anyway, but as Tomaz
pointed out, in principle that would be dishonest.
While I see the point in requiring that only sufficiently stable upgrades
are applied to the codebase, I'm wondering whether, maybe, we're going a
bit too far with the rules. Brian wrote on this topic: "how to determine
that something is good enough to go in without using master as a test bed" ?