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From Michael Allen <>
Subject Re: moving rat to a profile?
Date Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:05:14 GMT
I think a RAT profile makes a ton of sense.  I also think adding "Check new
files for licenses" within the patch review process for committers would go
along with that kind of change.

On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM, Josh Elser <> wrote:

> I think I came to the same conclusion you outline here. It makes things
> harder for new contributors unnecessarily.
> I think activation rat as a part of the apache-release profile makes the
> most sense to me. While we don't want to commit incorrectly licensed files
> between releases, fixing it before we make the release is the very
> important part.
> Maybe we can recommend some sort of configuration via ~/.m2/settings.xml
> that devs could enable to always run RAT?
> - Josh
> On 6/17/14, 11:44 AM, Sean Busbey wrote:
>> I've had a few different new-to-Accumulo contributors recently run into
>> the
>> issue of Rat failing the build after changing branches.
>> I know we already have a warning about this[1], but AFAICT it's over the
>> threshold for consumable information.
>> Even after pointing people to the warning, the existing workaround tripped
>> up atleast one of them. Despite the warning about using "git clean," the
>> destruction of their local IDE changes were surprising.
>> For contributions to Accumulo that aren't coming from committers, the Rat
>> plugin seems much more likely to give a false positive than to catch an
>> error. Additionally, whatever committer is reviewing the contribution
>> should be checking for license compliance anyways.
>> In the interests of reducing the surprise for new contributors, I'd like
>> to
>> move our use of Rat to a profile that is only default enabled during a
>> release run.
>> The profile would still let those who want rat to run on every build to
>> enable it and we could update the guide for handling new contributions to
>> say committers should enable the rat profile to help guard against errors.
>> Any objections?
>> [1]:


*Michael Allen*
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