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From Roman Shaposhnik <>
Subject Re: File headers for third party utility code
Date Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:48:15 GMT
On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 3:29 PM, Alex Harui <> wrote:
> On 1/4/16, 3:02 PM, " on behalf of Roman Shaposhnik"
> < on behalf of> wrote:
>>> 2) In the cases that we've made non-trivial changes to the source, we
>>> should additionally add the ASF copyright notice at the top of the file,
>>> and amend the original copyright statement with the words "Some
>>> as we've done for example in[7].
>>I don't think you need to do that, but you do need an ASF license header.
>>I don't think ASF encourages "Portions Copyright ... ASF" statements
>>on individual files.
>>> 3) In all files (regardless of whether we've made changes), we should
>>> the Apache license header above any existing license headers, while
>>> maintaining the existing one.
>>Correct and it should also solve #2
> Doesn't #3 from
> contradict this?

Hm. This is tricky, now that I re-read the language of the ASF license
header I'm not sure anymore. I *think* the language there should allow
you to slap said header on a compatible license code.

Besides, the alternative is much messier: every time somebody touches
that file he/she needs to decide whether it is time for an ASF header
or not.

I *think* (but I'd love for old-timers to chime in and correct me) that #3-5
were written from though-shall-not-fork-communities perspective.



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