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Re: Questions on proprietary program using gcc libraries


From: jim.brown
Subject: Re: Questions on proprietary program using gcc libraries
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 22:12:01 GMT
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I think I am now convinced that I can use libstdc++.so in my
shared library using the special exception mentioned in the
copyright notice.  I'm less sure about libgcc_s.so but I assume
this is OK also.

Since we deliver a shared library, we do not in fact link our
product with these libraries. The customer using our library
links with it. So I think I am legal.

Can anyone from the gnu organization confirm or deny this?

Jim

I have

jim.brown wrote:
I've searched this forum and did not find any guidance.

I am building a proprietary shared library with gcc. The normal
C++ runtime routines (memcpy etc.) are dynamically linked.

1. Can I sell my application since it uses the C runtime.

2. If I sell it, am I correct that it falls under the LGPL license.

3. If the person who buys does not have gcc, can I distribute the
   C++ runtime libraries libgcc_s.so.1 libstdc++.so.5 with my product.
   If so, how do I reference their license?

I am on Solaris 9 and RehHat Linux 9.

Thanks for the help. I have been unable to interpret the LGPL by myself.

Jim




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