We currently add both flink-connector-files and flink-connector-base to flink-dist.
This implies, that users should use the dependency like this:
which differs from other connectors where users don't need to specify <scope>provided</scope>.
Also, flink-connector-files has flink-connector-base as a provided dependency, which means that examples that use this dependency will not run out-of-box in IntelliJ because transitive provided dependencies will not be considered.
I propose to just remove the dependencies from flink-dist and let users use the File Connector like any other connector.
I believe the initial motivation for "providing" the File Connector in flink-dist was to allow us to use the File Connector under the hood in methods such as StreamExecutionEnvironment.readFile(...). We could decide to deprecate and remove those methods or re-add the File Connector as an explicit (non-provided) dependency again in the future.