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Re: [bug-gawk] Not compatible licenses used

From: arnold
Subject: Re: [bug-gawk] Not compatible licenses used
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 02:05:00 -0600
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"David Kaspar [Dee'Kej]" <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I'm current maintainer of gawk for Fedora, and during the process of 4.1.4
> rebase I have found some licensing issue that should be probably fixed,
> otherwise according to Fedora Packaging Guidelines (FPG) the gawk shouldn't
> be packaged/shipped for Fedora.
> The issue is this - file missing_d/setenv.c uses BSD License (original,
> a.k.a. 4 clause or BSD with advertising). However, according to
> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing:Main?rd=Licensing the BSD original
> license is not compatible with GPLv2 or GPLv3.
> I knew I saw a note that you were actually removing the clause 3 from the
> original BSD licenses there, but I don't recall where exactly it was. Is it
> possible that this is the one file that was forgotten to be updated?

The note you saw is in random.c. I can do the same thing for this file,
no problem.

> Also, the license-check informs me about 2 files with incorrect FSF address
> in its license header. Those files should be licensed under GPLv2+:
> * cmd.h
> * debug.c

The address is indeed wrong. I think you mean they should be licensed
under GPLv3+.  I will fix them.

> One last thing I should mention according to FPG... Since more types of
> licenses are used inside gawk project, and you ship only GPLv3+ license in
> COPYING file, we need to ship our own versions of those licenses (texts)
> inside the gawk package. (I guess you would not be willing to add those
> license texts inside the gawk source tarball, would you?) Therefore, I
> should officially ask you to confirm that the license texts we are shipping
> are correct (and correct versions are used). Could you please confirm that
> these are the licenses' texts corresponding to licenses in gawk project?

I will try to look at the links. I don't intend to add more license texts
to the tarball though.

Thank you for bringing these issues to my attention.

Is it enough that I update the gawk-4.1-stable branch in git, or do
I have to make a new tarball for all this to work for you?



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