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Re: Relicensing policy & weak copyleft

From: Richard W.M. Jones
Subject: Re: Relicensing policy & weak copyleft
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:31:00 +0100
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On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 02:23:29PM +0200, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> Hello,
> I’m wondering about the asymptotic behavior of the current policy:
> aren’t all modules going to be LGPLv2+ as time tends to +∞?

Speaking as a gnulib *user* I would be happy to see this happen.

The specific pain point for me is narrower than this however:

Currently it does not seem to be possible to specify (in gnulib-tool)
that you want only --lgpl=2 modules for one part of a project and
don't care less about the modules used by another part of a project.
This makes gnulib a minefield if part of your project is a library
(that must be LGPLv2) and another part is a set of GPL'd tools.

This is basically why the hash module got accidentally added to
libguestfs -- it started being used by a tool and got pulled in as a
library dependency later.


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