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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject Re: [MENTOR] forked Apache projects - Batik and Velocity
Date Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:00:07 GMT

I agree with almost all of Alex's answers here, will comment on a few below.

What's important IMO with those changes is to back them with JIRA
issues, to be able to track what's been changed in those
Batik/Velocity forks. And, as Dave says, the goal should be to
contribute the changes back to those projects (after the parity
release I assume).

On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM, Alex Harui <> wrote:
> On 6/8/12 8:28 AM, "Carol Frampton" <> wrote:
>> ...Should I remove all the copyrights in the files and replace them with Apache
>> v2 licenses?
> I'm pretty sure answer is no.  This is third-party works as covered in [1]...


> ...We don't have to make RAT run clean, whatever it does find must be clearly
> in Category A or B.  I wish RAT had some filter for that, and maybe I will
> put one together if I find time....

RAT does have an exclusions list, where you can define files that it
ignores. Having that list in svn makes things traceable.

>> ...There are also README and some other text files and Java manifest files
>> without copyrights.  Are those exceptions?
> If we can put Apache headers in without breaking something, we probably
> should....

I wouldn't do that for small files that have no creative content - I
don't think we really care about copyright notices in READMEs and
manifest files, especially if we inherit them from another Apache

>> If so, I wonder why RAT doesn't
>> know the .mf file type.  I know that there is suppose to be a LICENSE and a
>> NOTICE file in the META-INF directory of each jar....

It's probably not used often, and you should be able to add that to
RAT's exclusions list.


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