ASSEMBLY_EXCEPTION should be removed ?

Florian Weimer fweimer at
Tue Jan 2 19:01:35 UTC 2018

On 12/20/2017 11:15 AM, Volker Simonis wrote:
> in the course of the recent licensing cleanups I've just realized that
> the OpenJDK sources as well as the generated images still contain the
> ASSEMBLY_EXCEPTION license file [1].
> I think this is just a leftover of the first OpenJDK versions which
> still required some binary parts provided by Sun at time in order to
> build and run successfully. As far as I can tell, this is not
> necessary since at least OpenJDK 7 so I think the ASSEMBLY_EXCEPTION
> file could also be removed.
> What do you think?

Category 4 (“Any files in the OpenJDK distribution that are made 
available at,, or under an open source license other than GPL, and your 
derivatives thereof that are in compliance with the applicable open 
source license”) still looks relevant because it clarifies, among other 
things, that the combination of GPLv2-licensed OpenJDK code with code 
licenses under the Apache License, Version 2.0, is redistributable.


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