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guile licensing niglets

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: guile licensing niglets
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 21:13:39 +0000
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I've just received some queries about Guile's licensing from the FSF
folks.  I think all of the following are just oversights, but if
anyone else has any input on them, please follow up.

> [..] under the impression that Guile had switched completely to
> LGPL to 1.8, instead of GPL + exception.
> However, a few files in 1.8.3 (I admit I didn't check the dev sources)
> still have the exception text.  My grep for special.exception turned up:
> libguile.h
> libguile/__scm.h
> libguile/_scm.h
> libguile/weaks.c
> srfi/srfi-39.scm
> doc/oldfmt.c

I believe these are oversights, so would propose to update the license
text in these files to LGPL.

> Also, there is a COPYING file in many of the subdirectories.  This is
> rather unusual.  One copy for the distribution would be sufficient.

I propose to remove the non-top-level ones.

> Also, the recommended name for the top-level COPYING.LIB is now

I propose to make this name change.

Any comments?


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