Technical Team/Minutes/2012-01-31

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  • Gary O’Neall
  • Bill Schineller
  • Kirsten Newcomer
  • Ed Warnicke
  • Steve Cropper
  • Rana Rahal'
  • Jack Manbeck
  • Peter Williams


  • Discussion on SPDX package definitions
  • Discuss proposal for hierarchical supply chain (bug 818)

Package definitions

  • Start with Wiki’s definitions
  • Kate proposed any collection of files
  • Jack’s proposal – unit of delivery of software files
    • What is a “unit” of delivery, over time one unit of delivery may not be a unit of delivery later in the supply chain
    • Discussion on package/subpackage supply chain model (manufacturing analogy)
    • Different between unit of consumption vs. unit of delivery
  • The current RDF Package definition could be used
  • * Discussion on if a single file could be both a package and not a package
  • Agreed on the usefulness of a definition “{} represent a collection of one or more files that are delivered as a unit" vs "A package represents a collection of software files that are delivered as a single functional component" from
  • The “{}” term will be replaced with an agreed upon term (TBD)
  • Follow-up on possibly further defining “delivered as a unit”