HBASE-10436 was broken for all of 0.96. I do not think that should be blocker for 0.98.
It can fixed in a future point release. My $0.02.
From: Andrew Purtell <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 5:54 PM
Subject: Tagging 0.98.0 RC1 tomorrow
We seem to be experiencing another extended JIRA outage in the middle of
the workday in my timezone. As far as I can tell there is at least one
unresolved critical issue (HBASE-10436). Also, I have several commits I
can't finish because as of now I can't pull patches from JIRA to apply.
Hopefully we can wrap this all up, and I can tag RC1 and generate the
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(via Tom White)