Re: Questions on SPDX 1.0

Gary O'Neall

Hi Marc-Etienne,

Responses inline below


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Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:32 AM
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Subject: Questions on SPDX 1.0


I am trying to understand the SPDX 1.0 spec so that I can export our FOSS
database in SPDX format.

I have the following questions:

The are two formats, one in text and one in XML/RDF.

1) Is there a tool that check the syntactic validity of a file?
[Gary] The SPDX Viewer tool found at will do some validation
on a file

2) Is there a tool that converts one format to the other?
[Gary] There are conversion tools on the same website. These are Java based
command line tools. Let me know if you have any questions/problems with the

3) In the FAQ:

the sentence:
"You may choose to use software tools that can scan software and validate
the accuracy of the SPDX file."
appears twice. Why?

[Gary] This looks like an error - I updated the page to remove the second

4) In the FAQ, licence examples are given as:
Apache-2.0 AND MIT AND GPL-2.0

From the spec, I consider it should be:
(GPL-2.0 or MIT)
(Apache-2.0 and MIT and GPL-2.0)

Parentheses are missing?
"and" and "or" should be lower case?

[Gary] Great catch - I updated the FAQ's page to match the spec

Thank you for your help.


Marc-Etienne Vargenau
Alcatel-Lucent France, Route de Villejust, 91620 NOZAY, FRANCE
+33 (0)1 30 77 28 33, Marc-Etienne.Vargenau@...
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