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From Bertrand Delacretaz <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Approve the release of apache-esme-incubating-1.0
Date Tue, 16 Feb 2010 22:17:16 GMT
On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 6:11 PM, Joe Schaefer <> wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: Bertrand Delacretaz <>
>> ...Unfortunately I'm -1 on the release, I have a few issues including a
>> GPL dependency.
>> 1) jwebunit dependency is GPL
>> The server module depends on
>> net.sourceforge.jwebunit:jwebunit-htmlunit-plugin:jar:1.4.1:test
>> which according to is GPL.
> Well isn't jwebunit a test framework, in which case, (and assuming there
> are no dependencies on it in the production-ready codebase of esme) do
> we really care that it's GPL or not? ...

I see your point, one could argue that people don't need jwebunit to
*run* ESME, they only need it to run the tests when building it.

Still, the code that is distributed contains imports of jwebunit, so I
think that's stretching the concept too far.

>... (Note an exception to the (L)GPL
> policy was recently granted for build dependencies, so I think it's might
> be possible to extend that to test deps.)...

Might be possible, but getting rid of that jwwebunit dependency would
be much cleaner IMO. I haven't checked how much work that represents,
but according to that's "just" a
wrapper on top of HtmlUnit which has an Apache license, so using
HtmlUnit instead might not be too hard.


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