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From "Tim Williams (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-178) Location of LICENSE/NOTICE files in binary release artifacts
Date Thu, 19 Sep 2013 04:06:55 GMT

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Tim Williams commented on LEGAL-178:
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Yep, I think it's helpful to think of the appropriate locations in terms of their file types:

jar - /META-INF/NOTICE|LICENSE
tar - ${artifact-name}/NOTICE|LICENSE

But then, that's the norm - socially and policy. You[Chukwa][1] have no exceptional case here.
 You're distributing an [unvoted upon] normal tarball.  Why is this even a question again?
 I'd suggest we worry only about specific file types of interest - sticking to concrete cases/dilemmas.

[1] - http://www.apache.org/dist/incubator/chukwa/chukwa-0.5.0/
                
> Location of LICENSE/NOTICE files in binary release artifacts
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-178
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-178
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: ant elder
>
> Over at the Incubator a question has come up over where the LICENSE and NOTICE files
should be located in binary release artifacts. I can't find any precise or accurate documentation
on this so could that be defined here?
> The web page http://apache.org/legal/src-headers.html#notice says:
>  "Every Apache distribution should include a NOTICE file in the top directory, along
with the standard LICENSE file."
> However things like Java .jar artifacts don't do that and instead have them located in
the /META-INF directory. Related to that, what about things like Windows .msi or .exe insaller
packages which don't have a "top directory"? 
> I vaguely remember this question coming up before but i can't find anything in the archives
now, FWIR the answer then was it was ok for the LICENSE/NOTICE to be located where ever was
most appropriate and expected for the environment and binary artifact type.
> Any comments?

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