Can this be moved into a script in dev-tools? IMHO, the fewer moving parts in jenkins, the better.
It's adding a level of indirection, so it makes things more complex and more fragile. See for example the jenkins configuration that sayd 1.7, while the script was pretending to use openjdk 1.6 before finally running with oracle 1.6.
Who controls the jenkins config screen?
It's an access right per project. I have it, Ted has it, and you could probably have it if you ask to Stack (if you don't have it already which is possible as well).
I wonder how it didn't happen before. Must be something in our pom that changed.
It's unlikely, as it's hardcoded in maven (that's the advantage of maven). More probably, it was changed a while ago, and as we were failing 90% of time if not more in the hbase-server part, so no one saw the impact from hbase-it.