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[Bug-gnulib] Re: licenses again

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: [Bug-gnulib] Re: licenses again
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 08:33:41 +0200
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Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

> Perhaps you could modify gnulib-tool to add an option to change the
> GPL to LGPL for minmax.h, for the projects that need the LGPL'ed
> version?  That way, the package could specify which license it needs,
> with the default being the current behavior.

That could work.  However, I worry that the license on some files are
unclear.  Take error.c.  It is from libc, which is LGPL.  The copy in
gnulib has been changed considerably.  The file says GPL.  The modules
file says LGPL.  Is it really safe to assume that everyone who has
ever contributed, or will ever contribute, to the error.c in gnulib
are fine with having their work being used as LGPL?  The file give
contributors an impression that it is under GPL.  Generalize for other
similar files.

Since I guess not all of the files I need will be relicensed, I have
created a project "Lesser GNULib" that will hold LGPL rewrites of
various files.  See <http://josefsson.org/lessergnulib/>.  I've
started with a couple of modules that I needed (like strdup), but will
add more as I make more use of GNU enhanced interfaces in my other

Btw, what is the license on the files in modules/?


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