The ATF project would like to require ("pre-req") XULRunner to be
installed by users of ATF since for many of their main functions to
such as debugging, css outlines, etc. it is required.
As per Eclipse's Third Party Dependencies Policy, for them to do
Tools PMC and the EMO must agree that is the correct classification
pre-req, which would not go through IP review. See Third Party
Dependencies Policy for complete details, but the section specific
'exempt pre-reqs' is as follows:
3. All "pre-req" dependencies must be declared to and approved by
4. "pre-req" dependencies fall into two cases: "exempt pre-req" and
"non-exempt pre-req". This
determination is made by the EMO with input from the relevant PMC
a. A pre-req may be classified as "exempt" by the EMO if the
nature, expected to be already on the user's machine, and/or an IP
either impossible, impractical, or inadvisable. Exempt pre-reqs
approved for use
by the EMO without IP review. Examples: Windows XP, Sun JRE.
pre-req may be disallowed by the EMO at its discretion.
I think XULRunner, in a generic form, qualifies as an exempt pre-req
it is pervasive. It is distributed with most or all Linux
and is a sub-component of Firefox, a wide-used browser with is
available for all major platforms and architectures.
The ATF team will submit JavaXPCom in a CQ and they will distribute
for major platforms and architectures, as a fragment for one of
plugins (or eventually from the Orbit project). JavaXPCom is a
small interface to XULRunner APIs (approx. 1000 files) so it is
to review and distribute it. It is this distribution of this
that allows them to interact with XULRunner in a more generic
make use of what ever happens to be installed on a users machine.
they would not need a specially compiled version of XULRunner.
of course be some limits, as to exact version, etc., but that's
unknown and would not substantially change the status or request to
consider XULRunner as an exempt pre-req.) See also CQ 3551 for some
discussion of this general issue.
If we, the Tools PMC, agree with the exempt pre-req classification,
the ATF Project can take this forward for approval by the EMO.
To document approval, please respond with +1 to this list.
If you disagree, or would like to discuss more, please raise the
here, in the CCQ 3551, or set up a phone call to discuss in more
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