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From sebb <>
Subject Re: [all] Standardized Manifest For Commons JARs
Date Mon, 20 Aug 2007 14:26:10 GMT
On 20/08/07, Mark Fortner <> wrote:
> I've been working on a project to help catalog the JARs that we use and the
> concomitant licenses that they employ so that we can more easily comply with
> sections 4a and 4c of the APL without having to do a lot work to compile the
> license information.  I thought at first this would be fairly simple to do,
> given that all of the Commons projects (that we use) have manifests.
> However, I soon discovered that the manifests have a variety of different
> attributes and aren't really standardized.
> I was wondering if it would be possible in the next release(s) if the leads
> for the projects could modify the manifests (or the ant/maven builds that
> generated them) to include the following information:
> License Type: APL
> License Version: 2.0
> License URL:
> or
> License URL: /license.txt
> if you've included the license file in the jar file.

The manifest names would surely need to be called:

X-License ...

as the License attributes don't appear to be defined in the Java documentation.

However, this information should already be provided in the NOTICE and
LICENSE files in the jar.

> This would help us insure that we're providing the appropriate license
> information when distributing Apache libraries with our code.
> Regards,
> Mark Fortner

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