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From Rick McGuire <>
Subject NOTICE files in the spec projects
Date Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:07:24 GMT
  Kevan raised an issue in the vote for the Common Annotations spec vote 
for something he'd like to get corrected for the next release.  The 
issue involves a difference between the description in the source NOTICE 
file and what is getting placed in the NOTICE file in the binary jar.  
For example, in the common annotations source NOTICE, we have this:

Apache Geronimo
Copyright 2003-2010 The Apache Software Foundation

This product includes software developed by
The Apache Software Foundation (

and in the jar file, we end up with this:

Annotation 1.1
Copyright 2003-2010 The Apache Software Foundation

This product includes software developed at
The Apache Software Foundation (

This version of the file appears to be generated automatically by the 
build (not sure what plugin does this).  The descriptive name 
"Annotation 1.1" is taken directly from the project pom.  Note that all 
of the Geronimo specs have this same problem, so the correction will 
need to be applied to all of the projects in trunk.  So before I go 
changing anything, I'd like to have consensus on what I need to be 
changing this to.  So,

1)  What should be the format of the description in the binary jar 
file?  On the vote thread, Kevan suggested "Apache Geronimo" or "Apache 
Geronimo Annotation Spec".  Since this is generated from the project 
pom, I don't think using "Apache Geronimo" is best option.  I suspect we 
might want to maintain the spec version number in this as well, so 
"Apache Geronimo Annotation 1.1 Spec" or "Apache Geronimo Common 
Annotation 1.1 Spec" would be better.  I believe Kevan's biggest 
objection was with the missing "Apache Geronimo" designation.

2)  Should the source NOTICE file be kept as is or changed to match the 
generated NOTICE file?  Keeping these the same is definitely a manual 
process, so there's a good chance there will be drift over time.  I 
suspect there's also a good chance that new projects will get created by 
using an existing project as a model, so it's also likely that 
mismatches will get included that way.  I think I would lean toward 
using the common source NOTICE file with the generic "Apache Geronimo" 


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