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Re: [] [EXTERNAL] Re: about_files and JPMS

Especially since this is apparently no longer required for legal reasons, I'm good with dropping it.


Jay Jay Billings
Group Leader, Scientific Computing and Software Engineering, Neutron Scattering Division, and
Acting Group Leader, Research Software Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Twitter Handle: @jayjaybillings

From: <> on behalf of Gunnar Wagenknecht <gunnar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 9:26 AM
To: <>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [] about_files and JPMS
> On Aug 28, 2019, at 13:30, Hudalla Kai (INST/ECS4) <kai.hudalla@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The Hono (IoT) project indeed includes the legal docs in each jar file
> that we distribute. I think it makes it easier for people and tooling to
> determine the license that the jar can be consumed under. We put all the
> legal docs into the META-INF folder ...

For some more background, I'm referring to the practice documented here:

However, after reviewing the project handbook it seems that the requirement around legal documents accompanying a jar changed.

> For content delivered as Java archive (JAR) files, for example, the legal files should be placed in the META-INF directory.

Thus, the requirement to have an about.html file no longer exist. I found an old reference on the page, which seems incorrect. Also, the requirement to collect about_files seems to have been replaced with the NOTICE file.


Kai, what you are doing looks like the recommended practise to me.


Gunnar Wagenknecht

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