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Re: gnulib/poll.c license

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: gnulib/poll.c license
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 08:02:30 -0600
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On 10/25/2012 07:52 AM, Thomas Martitz wrote:
>> Are you using 'gnulib-tool --lgpl=2 --import poll' to get at the module?
> Hello,
> I didn't use that tool. Following my intuition I just browsed the source
> code as normal, which gave me poll.c under GPLv2+[1].

Indeed - in gnulib, we prefer to list files under the most restrictive
license, to make them easier to copy them verbatim into restrictive
license tools; and recommend going through gnulib-tool if you need a
looser license, which will validate that rewriting licenses as part of
copying files into your project is acceptable.


> If I understand this correctly gnulib-tool replaces the license header
> to reflect the real license. Perhaps the header of the unprocessed
> source should be updated.

This has been asked before on this list, and the answer has always been
that it is more work than worth the effort, and that gnulib-tool is the
preferred way to use gnulib source code.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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