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RAT Project Incubation Status

This page tracks the project status, incubator-wise. For more general project status, look on the project website.

The RAT project graduated on 2012-04-18


RAT is comprehension and auditing for distributions and source code.

Project RAT will provide a focus for components, applications and integration tools for the comprehension and audit of distributions and source code. It will collect data and meta-data as required. It will create suitable schemas for this data and meta-data as required.


  • 17 April 2013 - Apache Rat 0.9 released. See Apache Creadur at
  • 10 June 2012 - Handover complete. Thanks to everyone who helped.
  • 30 May 2012 - New website in CMS
  • 07 May 2012 - Commence infrastructure move. Done mailing lists, subversion, JIRA.
  • 18 April 2012 - The Apache Creadur project is established.
  • 24 March 2012 - Graduation vote by IPMC.
  • 04 March 2012 - Graduation vote by community.
  • 24 December 2011 - added Sebastian Bazley as a new committer.
  • 15 November 2011 - apache-rat-incubating-0.8 released.
  • 07 October 2011 - added David Blevins as a new committer.
  • 10 August 2010 - apache-rat-incubating-0.7 released.
  • 09 December 2009 - added Brian Fox as a new committer.
  • 08 December 2009 - added Niall Pemberton as a new committer.
  • 08 December 2009 - added Gavin McDonald as a new committer.
  • 08 December 2009 - added David Crossley as a new committer.
  • 08 December 2009 - added Ross Gardler as a new committer.
  • 06 Jan 2008 - Project created
  • 07 Nov 2007 - Project RAT accepted

Project info

item type reference
Website www
Mailing list dev
. commits
. private (PPMC)
Bug tracking JIRA
Source code SVN
Mentors rgardler Ross Gardler
. hogstrom Matt Hogstrom
. jim Jim Jagielski
Initial Committers bodewig Stefan Bodewig
. rdonkin Robert Burrell Donkin
. jochen Jochen Wiedmann
. gmcdonald Gavin McDonald
. brianf Brian Fox
. dennisl Dennis Lundberg
. rgardler Ross Gardler
. crossley David Crossley
. dblevins David Blevins
. sebb Sebastian Bazley
Emeritus Committers rooneg Garrett Rooney
. gnodet Nodet Guillaume
. mriou Matthieu Riou
. bayard Henri Yandell
. pauls Karl Pauls
PPMC . PPMC consists of all the committers and mentors listed above

Incubation status reports

Incubation work items

Project Setup

This is the first phase on incubation, needed to start the project at Apache.

Item assignment is shown by the Apache id. Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Identify the project to be incubated

date item
2012-01-30 Suitable Name Search - see PODLINGNAMESEARCH-1 and PODLINGNAMESEARCH-4.
N/A If request from an existing Apache project to adopt an external package, then ask the Apache project for the SVN module and mail address names.
N/A If request from outside Apache to enter an existing Apache project, then post a message to that project for them to decide on acceptance.
2008-01-06 If request from anywhere to become a stand-alone PMC, then assess the fit with the ASF, and create the lists and modules under the incubator address/module names if accepted.

Interim responsibility

date item
2008-01-06 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
2008-01-06 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2008-01-06 Give all Mentors access to the incubator SVN repository. (to be done by the Incubator PMC chair or an Incubator PMC Member wih karma for the authorizations file)
2008-01-06 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/{}.html'
date item
N/A Check and make sure that the papers that transfer rights to the ASF been received. It is only necessary to transfer rights for the package, the core code, and any new code produced by the project.
2008-01-06 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Verify distribution rights

date item
N/A Check and make sure that for all code included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, e have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2008-01-06 Check and make sure that all source code distributed by the project is covered by one or more of the following approved licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C, MPL 1.1, or something with essentially the same terms.

Establish a list of active committers

date item
2008-01-06 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2008-01-06 Add all active committers in the STATUS file.
N/A Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on


date item
2008-02-03 Create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
2008-02-03 Set up and archive Mailing lists.
2008-02-03 Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issuetracking system (Bugzilla, Scarab, Jira).
2008-02-03 Migrate the project to our infrastructure.

Project specific



These action items have to be checked for during the whole incubation process.

These items are not to be signed as done during incubation, as they may change during incubation. They are to be looked into and described in the status reports and completed in the request for incubation signoff.

Completed before exit as Apache Creadur top level project in April, 2012.

Collaborative Development

  • Have all of the active long-term volunteers been identified and acknowledged as committers on the project?
  • Are there three or more independent committers? (The legal definition of independent is long and boring, but basically it means that there is no binding relationship between the individuals, such as a shared employer, that is capable of overriding their free will as individuals, directly or indirectly.)
  • Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?
  • Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

Licensing awareness

  • Are all licensing, trademark, credit issues being taken care of and acknowleged by all committers?

Project Specific



Exit as Apache Creadur top level project approved by Incubator and Board in April, 2012.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

  • If graduating to an existing PMC, has the PMC voted to accept it?
  • If graduating to a new PMC, has the board voted to accept it?

Yes - exit as Apache Creadur top level project approved by Incubator and Board in April, 2012.

Incubator sign-off

  • Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?

Yes - exit as Apache Creadur top level project approved by Incubator and Board in April, 2012.