Technical Team/Minutes/2015-08-25

From SPDX Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Aug 25, 2015


  • Gary O'Neall
  • Kate Stewart
  • Bill Schineller
  • Scott Sterling
  • Yev Bronshteyn
  • Hassib Khanafer

External Package Identifiers

  • Yev will update google docs to reflect decisions made in the last discussion on the topic

Version 2.1

  • Include:
    • snippets
    • external identifiers and security
    • meta tags
  • Target completion by compliance summit in November with a fallback plan for Collab Summit

Meta Tags

  • Reference Wiki page
  • Will allow for license expression
  • Name for the tag (SPDX-License-Identifier: )
    • Discussion on using different terms - Consensus on the original proposal
    • Maps to license information in file
    • Multiple SPDX-License-Identifier will be treated as multiple licenses expressions in the License Information in File
  • Where should the metatag be placed?
    • Normally at the top of the file, but it should follow the convention of the language used
    • Near/in the context of the code it is associated with
    • Not prescriptive, more recommendations
  • Do we include anything on compiled strings?
    • Proposal to not exclude the compiled strings
  • Defining the end of license expression -
    • Use the same rules as the license expressions - whitespace after license ID, expressions must use parenthesis "(" ")"
  • Examples
    • SPDX-License-Identifier: MIT blah foobar [OK since there is whitespace after a license ID]
    • SPDX-License-Identifier: (MIT) blah foobar [OK]
    • SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL with classpath-exception [Not OK - the expression must be enclosed by the parenthesis. This will be interpreted as GPL]
    • SPDX-License-Identifier: (GPL with classpath-exception) [OK]
  • for best results always surround licenseid/expression with PARENTHESES
  • Copyrights will not be explicitly added in this release, although we may reference guidelines on how to document copyrights

File Type Application

  • Section 4.3.1 - Application as defined by Mime Type is very general, and may not be what is intended
  • New wording suggested by Yev - APPLICATION if the file can be executed (natively or with an interpreter) to provide functionality.
  • Agreed to wording - proposed changing 2.1 - Add bug, Yev will log it as a bug [Bug added - ID 1311]

Agenda topics

  • Next week we will cover Snippets
  • Follow-on discussions to close on the External IDs + Security