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From Sharan F <sha...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Request for clarification of Release Policy regarding external jar files
Date Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:55:36 GMT
Hi Mark

Thanks for the response (and lurking too!). I'll also wait for the 
official answer so that I can use it as a reference.


On 10/06/16 14:40, Mark Thomas wrote:
> On 10/06/2016 13:33, Sharan F wrote:
>> Hi
>> We need some confirmation regarding what is included in an Apache
>> release. Essentially we want clarification of what the policy is with
>> regard to dependencies such as external jar files.
>> In the the Guide to Release Management During Incubation (DRAFT)
>> <http://incubator.apache.org/guides/releasemanagement.html#check-list>http://incubator.apache.org/guides/releasemanagement.html#check-list
>> under section 3.6 in the 'Release Check List' it says:
>> /"*3.6 Release consists of source code only, no binaries.*/*//**/Each
>> Apache release must contain a source package
>> <http://www.apache.org/dev/release-publishing.html#valid>. This package
>> may not contain compiled components (such as "jar" files) because
>> compiled components are not open source, even if they were built from
>> open source."/*
>> On the Release Creation Process page
>> <http://www.apache.org/dev/release-publishing.html#valid>http://www.apache.org/dev/release-publishing.html#valid
>> under the 'What is a Valid Release Package' section it says:
>>      /*"... the fundamental requirement for a release is that it consist
>>      of the necessary source code to build the project. Optionally, a
>>      release may also be accompanied by compiled binaries for the
>>      convenience of users."*/
>> Based on these statements our understanding is that:
>>    * projects must publish "source releases"
>>    * "source releases" do not contain binaries
>>    * projects may also publish "binary releases"
>>    * "binary releases" can contain binaries compiled from source code
>>      created by the project or binaries from external projects
>> Please can you confirm that our understanding of the policy is correct
>> (or not).
> (Just a lurker, not an official answer from someone on the legal PMC)
> The four statements above are all correct.
> Mark

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