In rare cases it might be necessary to remove a plugin or an individual plugin release from distribution on Jenkins project update sites.
Some reasons to stop distributing all versions of a plugin might be:
The plugin integrates a service with Jenkins, but the service has been shut down.
The plugin violates the open source license requirements of the Jenkins project.
This is the more common case: A specific release of a plugin might introduce severe regressions, and fixing it is complicated and will take time. Or other plugins depend on the API of a given plugin, and its newest release contains accidental binary incompatible changes. Meanwhile, it should not be available to users.
|Simple fixes should just be released in a subsequent minor update. Reviewing requests to remove versions from distribution takes time and effort, so make sure to only do this if there’s no simpler solution.|
|This will only remove versions from distribution on update sites; the corresponding artifacts will still exist in the Maven repository. This means, for example, that the specified version numbers will not be made available for use again.|
To remove plugins from distribution, file a pull request for the Jenkins update center generator and include a detailed explanation for your request. Please follow instructions in that repository’s README.