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Re: License of getopt-gnu

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: License of getopt-gnu
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:37:03 +0100

Eric Blake wrote:
> On 03/02/2011 10:40 AM, Matthew Booth wrote:
>> I've just been trying to use getopt-gnu in a project, only to hit
>> license confusion. The (LGPLv2+) project is already using a bunch of
>> gnulib modules, which are all listed in a bootstrap file. Adding
>> getopt-gnu to this list results in an incompatible license error. The
>> module's license is given as 'LGPL'.
> Which means the most recent LGPL version (currently LGPLv3+).
>> The bootstrap script calls
>> gnulib-tool with '--lgpl=2'.
> Which is why you got the license incompatibility warning.
>> Firstly, could the license please be updated to 'LGPLv2+', which I
>> believe is probably the intention.
> Makes sense to me, since this is a module that syncs to glibc, and
> glibc's version is LGPLv2+.  Getting consent from the following authors
> will make it even more legitimate (everyone listed as an author of any
> commits to lib/getopt* since 2007-10-28, when LGPL was changed from
> meaning LGPLv2+ to LGPLv3+ in the first place).
> Eric Blake - I consent
> Bruno Haible
> Jim Meyering
> Simon Joseffson

Obviously, I do.

However, I see no need to wait for sign-off in this case,
since getopt-posix, which is already LGPLv2+, includes those files.

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