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From Kevan Miller <>
Subject Re: Inclusion of MySQL in roller-mysql-database plugin
Date Sat, 09 Feb 2008 17:36:21 GMT

On Feb 9, 2008, at 10:11 AM, Peter Petersson wrote:

> Hi all
> Thank you Kevan for bringing this to the table. Just to make sure  
> everybody is clear on what the roller-mysql-database plugin dose, or  
> more to the point dose not do. Jarek is exactly right when he says  
> that the plugin dosen't actually include or distribute the mysql  
> driver but it dose however automatically download the driver if it  
> is not already present in the geronimo repository.
> As this automatic non user interaction convenience of the plugin,  
> that dose not in a clear way tell the user what he/she is about to  
> do (licence way) is the issue I would like to know if we have a  
> consensus on using prerequsite in the plugin configuration (on the  
> mysql driver being loaded beforehand) to satisfactory handle the  
> licensing issue ?
> If I understand Kevan right a prerequisite on the driver would  
> satisfy things so my suggestion (although I am just slightly  
> involved in the roller plugin project and not in the PMC) would be  
> to modify the plugin accordingly and reinstate it in the roller  
> plugin assembly (as it is now it is disabled) what is your take on  
> this?

Hi Peter,
Thanks for your note. Your suggestion is certainly welcome. I did not  
mean to imply (and hope that it wasn't taken this way) that only PMC  
members should participate in this discussion. I only meant that the  
PMC had responsibilities to insure we reached a satisfactory solution.

> If we have consensus on this what would be a feasible text to put in  
> the prerequisite section ?

I think some of the text that I put in the pom.xml could be reworded  
slightly and would be ok...

> Although using prerequisite to fix this is (or may be) a available  
> and viable option It would IMHO (although I don't know if it would  
> satisfy the ASF Licensing Policy(?)) be more feasible (in cases like  
> this) to somehow make the user aware of the licence statement and  
> give him/here the option, after reading the licence (or what ever is  
> necessary to satisfy the parties), to cancel the installation if he/ 
> she so chooses.

IMO, this would be satisfactory, also. Great even... As long as the  
user is properly informed of the licensing implications of his or her  


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