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Re: License of bash manpage (Re: License details for bash-4.2)


From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: License of bash manpage (Re: License details for bash-4.2)
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 09:40:56 -0400
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On 7/16/11 4:21 PM, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> Chet Ramey wrote:
> 
>> The man page copyright belongs to me -- I don't know that I ever
>> assigned it to the FSF.  I don't have a problem with others modifying the
>> man page, and expect it under certain circumstances.  For instance, if a
>> distribution modifies the startup files bash reads (e.g., to add
>> /etc/bash.bashrc as some have done), I expect them to modify the manual
>> page in the distribution to reflect that.
>>
>> In other cases, I would prefer that any changes get sent back to me
>> so I can modify as necessary for future releases.
> 
> Perfect, thanks.  Does the same go for bashbug.1, too?  (Sorry I forgot
> to ask about it before.)
> 
> Ah, one more question.  The tests/COPYRIGHT file says:
> 
>       Unless otherwise stated, all files in this directory are Copyright (C)
>       1991,1992,1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,
>       2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009
>       Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> 
>       The file ifs-posix.tests is Copyright (C) 2005 Glen Fowler.
> 
> Do you know what the license terms are for the test suite?  In
> particular, is it okay to use, modify, and distribute these files?

I wrote the entire test suite except for the one file from Glen Fowler.
It is (or should be) copyright GPL3 just like the rest of the distribution.

Chet

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