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From "Aditya Kishore (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-251) Can an Apache Project depend upon a binary-only dependencies available under a permissible license
Date Mon, 02 May 2016 17:01:13 GMT

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Aditya Kishore commented on LEGAL-251:
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Thanks everyone for your participation in the discussion.

Can I assume that we have a conclusion that

1. The Drill/MapR-DB plugin source code can be included as part of Apache Drill code base
as an optional module, and
2. The ASF hosted binary distribution should not include the plugin and the MapR-DB client
libraries.

> Can an Apache Project depend upon a binary-only dependencies available under a permissible
license
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-251
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-251
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Aditya Kishore
>
> While researching on this, ran into many related queries and their answers but could
not find one which address this specifically.
> In one place, LEGAL-230, it appears it is okay to depend on a binary whose source code
is not published but is available under a permissible license.
> To ask it specifically, let's say if there is a binary version of a library, 'foo', available
under one of the permissible license but no source is available.
> In such case, can an Apache project
> # Have a compile time dependency on such binary?
> # Include this binary in its distribution?
> Thanks for your help!
> *Updated*: to add specific information.
> [Apache Drill|http://drill.apache.org/] has a pluggable storage plugin model which allows
it to access data from variety of data sources.
> One of the plugin, enables access to [MapR-DB|http://www.maprdb.io/] which is a proprietary
NoSQL database and thus its client libraries are not released with sources.
> So far the Drill/MapR-DB plugin code is hosted outside of Drill main code base and I
was hoping to contribute the maprdb plugin source code with other [storage plugins|https://github.com/apache/drill/tree/master/contrib].
> This plugin code depends upon maprdb client which is not available in source format.



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