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From Michael Allen <>
Subject Re: moving rat to a profile?
Date Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:14:23 GMT
In my not so humble opinion, adding licenses to a small set of missing
files really isn't that hard for a release manager (or other random
committer) to do periodically.  On the other hand, the barrier that the RAT
checks throw up to new developers is quite real, and quite annoying.

On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 3:09 PM, Billie Rinaldi <>

> I'm not thrilled about turning it off by default.  How about putting it in
> a profile that would be enabled by default, but could be disabled with a
> flag for those who don't understand why it's failing?
> On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 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]:
> >
> > --
> > Sean
> >


*Michael Allen*
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