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Re: relicense module spawn-pipe

From: Or Goshen
Subject: Re: relicense module spawn-pipe
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:00:08 +0300

Certainly changing this behavior and rewriting it so it will return with an error code instead of aborting would increase the usefulness of this module ?
I'll be happy to provide a patch if that is the straw that keeps the maintainer from relaxing the license



On Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM, Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
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
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