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From Henri Yandell <>
Subject Re: Future of RAT
Date Tue, 10 Aug 2010 15:33:49 GMT
On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 3:40 AM, Jochen Wiedmann
<> wrote:
> If
> there will ever be a migration to a new license like ASL 3 or a
> another change of the header policy, then RAT will likely play a very
> important part in the process.

There's also an SPDX spec coming to describe the licensing in
products; I could see RAT being very useful there as an automatic
checker against some standard approve/no-approve/exception-list rule

> The question is: What's the target? RAT is way too small for an
> independent project. And I cannot imagine anybody of the current
> committers writing board reports. To me, a Rat TLP is no option. So we
> have the second possibility: Put it under the hat of another TLP. The
> only one that comes to my mind is the Apache Commons project.

TLP and PMC are technically different questions. An option would be
for a RAT PMC, but to make its web presence part of Infra or Legal

> But Commons would be an excellent choice: Most, or even all of the RAT
> committers are Commons committers as well. Commons was one of the
> drivers for integration of RAT into every release build. I admit that
> I wouldn't like to change the package name or the Maven group ID
> again, but either Commons developers could accept that exception from
> the rule or I'd force myself to do the required changes.

+0. I wouldn't want to keep the separate list, package name seems
fine. Commons is a fair choice.


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