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From Joe Witt <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Release Apache NiFI 0.0.1-incubating
Date Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:23:23 GMT

My concern with the dependencies file is the false sense of security it can
sometimes give.  These are dependencies for which Maven can find the
license information.  If it can't it isn't something that could be clearly
called out/articulated.  This is particularly true with a case like bundled
javascript dependencies.  I realize moving towards all externalized
dependencies is ideal but it is also not fail-proof.  Point taken thought
that they offer some utility in validating.

Will take a look at the Kafka licensing case.  Adding that to [] now.

I went through every artifact personally including
nars/wars/javascript/etc... from raw source and the binary builds.  Kafka
though was indeed added after that.  Ideal case is the dev that adds it
takes care of rolling up as needed into overall LICENSE/NOTICE.  Then it is
on the R in RTC.  Then it is on the RM.  Then voters.  So that went right
past all phases.  Independent of the outstanding questions about binary
convenience packages does whatever specific license is missing from the
kafka bundle preclude us from providing a binary convenience package for


On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 10:10 AM, Billie Rinaldi <> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 7:45 PM, Joe Witt <> wrote:
> > Will investigate how to have the build process for the convenience
> binaries
> > not add the auto-generated dependencies file and for it to use our
> license
> > rather than the stock one.
> I actually like the dependencies file.  It makes it easier to check over
> the license.
> Beware that the license does not currently cover all of the dependencies
> bundled in the nars/wars.  (As the license for the source package, it
> doesn't have to.)  The one I noticed was nifi-kafka-nar, but there could be
> others.

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