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Re: Distributing sources partially

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Distributing sources partially
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 11:51:00 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 20 Apr 2006, Guillaume Rousse wrote:

He is using a private lexical resource to produce C source code, and he
use this source code in its own program. Unfortunatly, he doesn't have
the right to distribute the lexical resources, but assumes he can
distribute the generated C source code, as retro-conversion is impossible.

First, it is possible to distribute such software under GPL, or any
other free or open-source software, if some of those sources are
actually machine-generated and can't be regenerated by the end user ?

GPL requires that all source code be in the form prefered for editing/modification. So distributing the generated output won't work for GPL. It will work for many other open source licenses though.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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