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Re: [RFC] pre-c89 in libltdl

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: [RFC] pre-c89 in libltdl
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 09:31:00 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 31 Mar 2004, Gary V. Vaughan wrote:
> | a horse.  Libltdl becomes dependent on a library which is likely to
> | cause conflicts when linked with other libraries. In addition to this,
> | there is severe impact on the libltdl usage license because now it
> | depends on (presumably) GPL source.
> |
> | Perhaps you should reconsider the expected benefits.
> The idea of gnulib is to be a repository of coding wisdom where oft used gnu
> originated functions have their master copy.  One simply copies from the
> master copy into their project.  I want to trade having a rarely tested
> homebrew #ifdef rpl_memcpy in ltdl.c, for
> $(WGETSGO)/gnulib/gnulib/lib/memcpy.c in Makefile.maint.
> Hmmm... the LGPL thing is a pain though.  :-(  Thoughts?

A lot of gnulib is strict GPL.  Regardless, GPL and LGPL are not
compatible with libltdl's current license, which allows a package to
use libltdl with the package's own license if the package is built
using libtool.  This special libltdl license exception is important to
non-GNU projects.

Bob Friesenhahn

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