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Re: Binary Version for Mac OS X?

From: Warren Young
Subject: Re: Binary Version for Mac OS X?
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 10:11:23 -0600
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herb wrote:
Would it break any rules, such as the fact
that the Mac OS X "Installer" program is proprietary software?  Even
though Installer is proprietary software, the package is not software
at all, and installer is just opening it.  Or is there not allowed to
be any proprietary software in the equation at all?

Anyone who makes an argument that this is not allowed needs to explain why it's okay to place GNU software onto an NTFS disk partition. The GPL has nothing to say about the data formats you use to store the software. An OS X .pkg file isn't even opaque, except artificially in Finder: it's just a specially formatted directory structure. The packaged files are in my.pkg/Contents/Resources, IIRC.

What _does_ matter, however, is that your .pkg file needs to include a copy of the sources you used to build the binary, or at least some kind of link or contact information for obtaining the sources.

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