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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Getting to our first build
Date Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:34:15 GMT
Hi Mathias,

I don't know whether my approach is feasible either.  I know we can
set properties on files in SVN.  You can retrieve them individually,
but I don't see a way to query them, e.g., list all files that don't
have a license property, or download all files that have a license
property set to Apache 2.0.

So fa, I think that you've been doing most of the code investigations.
 So I'd trust your judgement on what the next steps should be.  Do you
have any thoughts what work remains for the next 1 or 2 weeks?  For
example, is Oracle currently reviewing the additional SGA requesets?
Or do we need to request this still?

If I understand the rules at Apache (and it is certainly possible I
have this wrong, but in that case Im sure someone will quickly correct
me), a Podling can check in all of the code, including parts that are
LGPL/GPL. We can make builds from that.  But we are not permitted to
make a releases or to graduate from a podling until we have gone
through the IP checklist, including dealing with code that has an
incompatible license.

Of course, if you think you are close to having a "clean" version of
OOo ready to check in, then I don't want to interrupt the fine work
that you are already doing.  But in that case I think it would help if
we had a "roadmap" for the next couple of weeks, of what tasks
remains, so others can help as well.


On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 4:55 AM, Mathias Bauer <> wrote:
> On 27.06.2011 22:06, Rob Weir wrote:
>> I think one approach would be to start with everything, which should
>> presumably build, and then subtract.  So check in everything from OOo
>> into SVN, verify that it builds.  That establishes a known state.
>> Then verify the IP.  Maybe use SVN properties to tag the files that
>> were covered by Oracle's SGA.  Anything not tagged needs to be
>> investigated.  Some things lead to requests for amending the Oracle
>> SGA. When we get those, we indicate so in an SVN property.  Some
>> things will be GPL/LPGL.  These get also get tagged with properties
>> before being deleted.  We continue to iterate until all files
>> remaining in the repository have a property indicating that we've
>> proven their provenance. Ideally, as things are removed, we do so in a
>> way that we can always still build.  So we start in a well-defined
>> state and stay in a well-defined state.
> I can't judge whether this approach is feasible. If it is, I can provide
> information about IP from a developers POV. The files that definitely are
> not owned by Oracle are already listed in the OOo wiki. I tend to assume
> that all other files are under Oracle's copyright until stated otherwise.
> But again, I can't judge whether we can go this way.
> Regards,
> Mathias

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