Make license/licenses field mandatory

Jim Weirich jim.weirich at
Wed Oct 12 12:26:19 EDT 2011

This is a good idea as long as it is mandatory at the gem creation time, not at the gem usage time.

On Oct 12, 2011, at 9:54 AM, Pavol Rusnak wrote:

> Hi all!
> I'd like to propose making license/licenses field mandatory. While doing
> rubygem packages for Linux distributions we have to deal with licenses a
> lot and currently not having a license field in gemspec is the only
> thing stopping us from doing automated packaging. One has to unpack the
> gem, search for the license text and change the field by hand. If these
> fields were mandatory (i.e. one or the other), it would make the whole
> process much easier. In my opinion the license is very important aspect
> of the gem similarly important as its name and I think also non-Linux
> parts of Ruby ecosystem would benefit from that change. What do you think?
> -- 
> Best Regards / S pozdravom,
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