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From Chip Childers <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Policy blocker?
Date Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:12:35 GMT
On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM, Chip Childers <> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 08:37:46AM -0500, David Nalley wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I cringe to raise this issue. After 6 RCs I am sure we are all feeling
>> a little bit of release vote fatigue. Especially Animesh. I apologize
>> in advance; in all other respects I am ready to give a +1 to RC6.
>> I've been playing with 4.3.0-rc6 for a couple of days now. I attempted
>> to build some RPMs and had problems with dependency resolution in
>> maven. This led me to looking at a number of different poms, and I
>> noticed mysql-connector-java is listed as a runtime dependency. For
>> our end users, this really isn't necessary - the debs and rpms specify
>> a requirement (effectively a system requirement in the terms of
>> policy) for mysql-connector-java. We don't need it to build the
>> software (at least not in any location I've seen) - just when running.
>> (And thus its a system dependency, much like MySQL is.)
>> mysql-connector-java is GPLv2; which is Cat X. By including it as a
>> dependency in the pom it automatically gets downloaded. The 3rd Party
>> software policy has this line in it:
>> "YOU MUST NOT distribute build scripts or documentation within an
>> Apache product with the purpose of causing the default/standard build
>> of an Apache product to include any part of aprohibited work."
>> We've released software with this dependency previously. Is this a
>> blocker for 4.3 or do we fix going forward? (If we hadn't already
>> shipped releases with this problem I'd lean a bit more towards it
>> being a blocker - but its more murky now.)
>> Thoughts, comments, flames?
>> --David
>> [1]
> During incubation, this dependency was raised as an issue.  Generally,
> there are 2 ways to deal with Category X dependencies within an ASF
> project:
> 1) Make it an optional part of the software.  This is what we do with
> the nonoss build target, but won't work for the mysql-connector.
> 2) Make it a "system dependency" that is expected to be installed on the
> system prior to our software.
> mysql-connector-java (and the python equiv) were supposed to be handled
> using option 2 (system dependency).
> Currently, our RPM packaging depends on the relevant RPM to pull this in
> as a system dependency.  I can't tell with the DEBs, but that would need
> to be reviewed.
> The problem is that our maven poms pull down the jar automatically right
> now.  This is the blocker for us.  I'm certainly not a lawyer, but my
> understanding of ASF policy is that we need to make some changes before
> making another release.
> So, there appear to be three things that have to happen:
> 1) Confirm that the mysql-connector-java is a system dependency in the
> DEB packaging.
> 2) Ensure that a "normal build" of the project using mvn does not
> automatically download the mysql-connector-java jar files.
> 3) Retest the project to ensure that the above changes work.
> Then we can re-spin an RC.
> -chip

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