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Woolsey provides tools to assist with the generation and maintenance of IP Logs, the ability to submit logs to the Eclipse Foundation IP team for review, and the ability to compare logs against project distributions (to ensure that an IP Log reflects the contents of a project's downloads, p2 repositories, Maven repositories, and other similar distribution mechanisms). As part of this project, we further intend to explore enabling the user to specify mappings between third-party contributions noted in the logs (contribution questionnaires) and the library files distributed by the project. Other matters related to IP management by Eclipse projects may be considered by the project.


As part of the Eclipse Development Process, projects are required to maintain a log that details their intellectual property contributions. This log must include all third-party code that is either distributed or leveraged by the project, identities of the committers who regularly contribute, and the identities of other contributors along with their contributions. The log should further indicate the licenses in use by the project and other information relevant to provenance of the code maintained and distributed by the project. Projects are required to submit their log for review by the Eclipse IP team at key points in their life-cycle, including moves, releases, and graduation.

Much of the content of the logs can be generated using information that is available through the various databases maintained by the Eclipse Foundation.


Add Woolsey to your Eclipse Platform 3.6+ based IDE using this p2 repository:

Woolsey has dependencies on:

These dependencies will automatically be loaded when you install Woolsey.

Creating an IP Log

Before you can create an IP Log, you need to provide a home for it. An IP Log manifests as a file, so it can live in any folder in your workspace. With a folder created, you can access the "New IP Log" wizard from either the "File" menu or context menu for that folder.


Click "Next".

You will be prompted for a file name. The choice of name is yours to make. Having said that, it might be a good idea to establish a convention and you may end up with more than one of these. Consider using the pattern <project-name>-<version> (e.g. "mylyn-3.5.0.iplog").

Click "Next".


You will be prompted for the projects that will be included in your IP Log. The projects that you select here need to be related. You can select a top-level project along with several of its subprojects (e.g. "Eclipse Web Tools Platform Project (WTP), "Common", "Dali-ORM", etc.). Or you can select a pair of sibling projects (e.g. "EGit" and "JGit"). You cannot select projects from more than one top-level project (if you think that this is an unreasonable restriction, please open a bug).

Click "Finish" to create your IP Log.

Note that Woolsey makes a call to the Eclipse Foundation servers to gather information about the project hierarchy, and to provide the initial contents of your IP Log.

Editing an IP Log

The IP Log editor is a standard EMF tree-based editor.


Open the "Properties" View to make changes to the object selected in the editor. You can also add or remove elements via the context menu in the tree view.

Previewing Elements in the Log

Open the "Preview" view to preview elements from the log.

Select the root element ("IP Log") to preview the submitted log.


Project previews take you to the project's "Project Summary" page.


Contribution previews show you the contribution directly in Bugzilla.


Updating an IP Log


Submitting an IP Log

Prior to scheduling a release review for your project, your log needs to be submitted to the EMO IP Team for review. Woolsey can submit that review directly into IPZilla on your behalf.

Select "Submit for IP Review" from the context menu for the IP Log.


The project id, review date, and version must be specified.


By default, the project id and version will be set to the IP Log's main project, the review date is the next Wednesday that falls within one and two weeks into the future. You can change all of these values (the review date can only be set to a Wednesday).

Your Bugzilla ID and password are required to execute the submit. These values are used and discarded when the wizard closes.


Submit fails with "The IPZilla Client is not properly configured."

Woolsey accesses IPZilla to create CQs using a IPZilla Client. By default, this client points to the instance of IPZilla that resides on the Eclipse Foundation's "dev" server. For testing purposes, this value be overridden using -Dwoolsey.ipzilla={url}. The message "The IPZilla Client is not properly configured." if the value provided is not a valid URL.

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