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From "Christopher Tubbs (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (RAT-171) Allow exclude patterns to be read from a file or files
Date Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:39:58 GMT


Christopher Tubbs commented on RAT-171:

Those examples are not Java regular expressions. That's globbing syntax (with globstar) and,
as far as I'm aware, are only built into Java in Java 7 and later, using the new {{java.nio.file.FileSystem.getPathMatcher(String)}}.

I don't want to be a contrarian. I think the functionality is helpful. I was just hoping to
address some of the shortfalls to the implementation (by constructively asking questions to
help identify those shortfalls) prior to it being released. I'll file follow-on bugs if these
shortcomings make it into a release, but first I need to understand where the problems could

It seems the issue of exclude patterns from files is a very different function than exclude
patterns from SCM ignores, and the current implementation does not satisfy SCM ignores very
well, even though its configuration represents itself as such.

> Allow exclude patterns to be read from a file or files
> ------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: RAT-171
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Rat
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>    Affects Versions: 0.11
>            Reporter: Ignasi Barrera
>            Assignee: Philipp Ottlinger
>             Fix For: 0.12
>         Attachments: RAT-171.patch
> h3. Context
> The apache-rat-plugin ignores by default the .gitignore files. However, for every file/pattern
added to those files, an explicit exclusion must be set in the plugin's configuration.
> Given that git-ignored files won't be uploaded to the SCM and shouldn't be part of a
release, it would be nice that the apache-rat-plugin automatically considered those git-ignored
files as implicit exclusions.
> h3. Implemented for 
> Currently implemented for the following soure code management systems:
> * SVN
> * Git
> * Bazaar
> * Mercurial and 
> * CVS.
> h3. Example usage
> You can configure parsing SCM ignore files by a environment variable 
> {code}
> mvn -U -debug -Drat.parseSCMIgnoresAsExcludes=true
> {code}
> or in your configuration section of apache-rat-maven plugin 
> {code}
> <parseSCMIgnoresAsExcludes>true</true>
> {code}
> This features is enabled by default.
> In case you want to speed up the build you may disable it and set it to 
> {code}
> false
> {code}
> .

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