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From Alan Cabrera <>
Subject Re: Tool to generate disclaimer, NOTICE, etc. files
Date Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:31:00 GMT

On Feb 8, 2014, at 10:47 PM, Ted Dunning <> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM, sebb <> wrote:
>>> WDYT?
>> Non-trivial; maintaining the meta-data needed to accurately generate
>> the NOTICE file is likely to require more effort than writing the
>> NOTICE file itself.
> Actually, this sounds like a case where the effort for any individual
> project outweighs the benefit of saving the time, but the total effort
> across many projects would make the effort somewhat worth while.  In
> particular, something that enhances the communication between projects and
> between the author of the dependency and the users of that dependency would
> be very helpful.
> As such, this sounds like a great thing to add to maven.  If it provided me
> with a way to look at all my dependencies and examine my notices file for
> missing acknowledgments, that would be helpful.  Moreover, if there were a
> way for the community of users to upload sample acknowledgements and for
> the owners of such packages to reject or accept these acknowledgments, this
> would crowdsource the effort of approval.

Maven and other build tools.  If we had a canonical database then people would be free to
create any kind of tooling they wished.

> My guess is that since getting NOTIFICATIONS right is a largely one shot
> deal, it wouldn't be enough appeal to encourage somebody to actually
> implement the system, but it would certainly make one's life easier in
> small installments.

That’s the predicament of a tool smith.


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