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From "Morrison, John" <>
Subject RE: Check Source
Date Fri, 25 Jan 2002 11:01:58 GMT
> From: Stefano Mazzocchi []
> "Morrison, John" wrote:
> > 
> > I think I may need to back out of the commit for CheckStyle.
> > This was posted to the Ant-User list:
> > 
> > "> Does anyone know the legalities of including this in 
> binary format
> > > with an Apache license project??
> > 
> > Legally, you can't - you could provide it as two separate downloads,
> > though, but only of your project doesn't rely on it.
> > 
> > Whether writing an Ant task using the GPL is legal under 
> the GPL is a
> > different question, though (as the task relies on code that has been
> > licensed under a license that has been declared incompatible to the
> > GPL by the FSF).
> > 
> > Stefan"
> > 
> > If we can't have it in CVS, I'll change the build to
> > make it an optional component and display messages if
> > it doesn't exist...
> > 
> > What should be done?  (Anybody legally clue'd up?)
> CheckStyle is GPL so we can't redistribute it without having 
> to make the
> entire thing (that is Cocoon!) GPL.

Consider it gone.

> Now, since we use that as a development tool (unlike Ant 
> which would be
> shipping it as a product) I think we are pretty much safe, 
> but I'm sure
> some ASF members would disagree.
> So, please, remove any GPL'ed stuff from CVS. 
> Alternatives are:
> 1) let each one of us download it separately (and write it in the
> build.xml instructions in that case)

Will leave the target in the build.xml and add instructions
on how to enable it...

> 2) contact the guy who wrote it and convince him to dual license the
> package (or even better, donate it to ant or similar)
> But there is something else: code style is like taste: 
> everyone has its
> own.
> Currently we have 13000 style errors? I personally don't care.

Personally, style I don't care.  Thought the checking
for redundant import statements was useful though...

> I consider it a sign of immaturity (and lack of understanding of
> distributed software development dynamics!) to impose some 
> code style on
> others.
> Did you guys follow the month-long thread about 
> code-formatting over at
> general@jakarta? yes, they lost that much time coming to nothing! as
> usual.

Yeah - I stopped reading about 1/2 way though the thread
and just deleted it.


> [note: 'you' refers not to 'John' but to 'you all']

No offence taken if it was even intended (which I doubt :)


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