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Re: relicense module spawn-pipe

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: relicense module spawn-pipe
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:42:19 -0600
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On 08/26/2013 01:27 AM, Or Goshen wrote:
> hi,
> I would like to use the module spawn-pipe in a library called libguestfs to
> make it compileable under mingw. currently the library is using the
> fork/exec combination which doesnt compile under mingw (mingw doesnt
> support fork). spawn-pipe looks like a good replacement, however it is
> licensed GPL which is a problem for an LGPL library.
> Is it possible to relicense that module (and its dependencies) to be LGPL
> instead ?

Unfortunately, spawn-pipe currently depends on error() in order to exit
the program on certain failures.  Such behavior is inappropriate for
libraries, and thus this is a strong argument against relaxing the
license to LGPL.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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