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[bug-patch] patch and GPLv3

From: Karl Berry
Subject: [bug-patch] patch and GPLv3
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 23:06:30 GMT

Hi Andreas,

The COPYING file in patch is GPLv3 now.  I gather from the ChangeLog
that you updated it because of diffseq.h.  But it would be good in
general to move patch, like all GNU programs, to GPLv3.  Right now, the
notices in all the individual files still say v2 or later.  Can you
change the 2's to 3's, please?  (And/or use the canonical GPLv3 notice,
which replaces the physical FSF address with a url.)

Also, it would be good to change the --version output to look like this
(no change in the first three lines):

patch 2.6.1
Copyright (C) 1988 Larry Wall
Copyright (C) 2003, 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Written by Larry Wall and Paul Eggert.

(Feel free to add your name too!)


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