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License details for bash-4.2
License details for bash-4.2
Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:49:00 -0500
Adrian Bunk wrote:
> /usr/share/doc/bash/copyright says:
> the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free
> Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later
> The source files say:
> it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
> the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
> (at your option) any later version.
Thanks for reporting it. It seems like a good time to update the
copyright file anyway. Looking over bash 4.2, I have a few questions:
These seem to be copyright 1989, 1990 the FSF but have no
explicit license notice. Do you know if they are meant to be
under the GPL?
This is from the gettext project and I should probably ask them about
the terms. The version currently used is
© 1995-1997, 2000-2003 by Ulrich Drepper and says:
This file can be copied and used freely without restrictions. It can
be used in projects which are not available under the GNU General
License but which still want to provide support for the GNU gettext
Please note that the actual code of GNU gettext is covered by the GNU
General Public License and is *not* in the public domain.
which doesn't seem to give permission to modify the file.
po/af.po po/ca.po po/et.po po/pt_BR.po po/ro.po po/tr.po
Various tests under tests/*
© 1991-2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
© 2005 Glen Fowler
Is GPL-3+ intended?
Various files under examples/functions/*
No license notice I can find for most of them.
© 1991 Simon J. Gerraty. License notice says
This file is provided in the hope that it will
be of use. There is absolutely NO WARRANTY.
Permission to copy, redistribute or otherwise
use this file is hereby granted provided that
the above copyright notice and this notice are
which doesn't include explicit permission to modify the file
(maybe that's okay).
This collection of scripts was originally written for ksh-88 by
John DuBois <address@hidden>. The conversion to bash v2
syntax was done by Chet Ramey.
These scripts are as-is; there is no copyright associated with
any of them. They exist simply as examples of bash scripting.
That sounds promisingly like "public domain", but the
examples/scripts.v2/PERMISSION file only includes permission for
Chet to adapt and bundle the files with a particular version
of bash (and not, for example, for me to modify them).
No license notice I can find. Based on manifest files I
suspect there is an examples/scripts/README that was left out
by mistake ages ago (unfortunately no version of bash in
bkuhn's archive includes such a README).
© Chris Robertson, December 1985
This software may be used for any purpose provided the original
copyright notice and this notice are affixed thereto. No warranties of
any kind whatsoever are provided with this software, and it is hereby
understood that the author is not liable for any damagages arising
from the use of this software.
Doesn't seem to give permission to modify.
Mostly from Chet Ramey and Brian Fox (so probably copyright
was assigned to the FSF). Couldn't find a license notice.
© 1999 Jeff Solomon
No license notice I can find.
© 1992 Simon Marshall
If you like it, you're welcome to it...
Doesn't seem to give clear permission to modify.
doc/bash.* doc/bashbug.* doc/builtins.* doc/rbash.*
What is the license?
© 2002, Richard S. Smith.
This package may be freely copied, mirrored, modified, etc. My only
request is that this README file remain intact and be distributed
along with any modified version.
Does this mean there's not permission to modify the README,
for example to add to the version history when making
ABOUT-NLS CHANGES CRWU/README CRWU/mh-folder-comp CRWU/sh-redir-hack
INSTALL NOTES POSIX RBASH builtins/psize.sh doc/INTRO
doc/README examples/complete/complete* examples/loadables/*
po/Rules-quot po/address@hidden po/address@hidden
I can't find license notices for these. That's probably not
too important but it would be nice to clarify what the terms
aclocal.m4 configure po/bash.pot po/*.gmo cross-build/*.cache
Generated files/configure scripts --> not a big deal.
AUTHORS CRWU/PLATFORMS MANIFEST MANIFEST.doc Y2K doc/htmlpost.sh
doc/infopost.sh examples/INDEX.* lib/glob/doc/Makefile
lib/glob/doc/glob.texi lib/glob/ndir.h lib/intl/ChangeLog
po/LINGUAS po/README po/boldquot.sed support/SYMLINKS
These files are probably too trivial for copyright, anyway.
I'll be happy to follow-up with individual copyright holders but
thought I should ask here first in case there is information available
that could save the trouble.
Thanks and regards,
- License details for bash-4.2,
Jonathan Nieder <=