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Re: [Bug-gnulib] xalloc module dependencies

From: Gary V. Vaughan
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] xalloc module dependencies
Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2004 12:07:30 +0100
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Bruno Haible wrote:
| Gary V.Vaughan wrote:
|>I'd like to contribute my reimplementation of various argz functions in
|>the same way.  If it turns out to be workable, I'll write new versions
|>of the other functions from the argz api that libltdl doesn't currently use
|>so that there is an libtool licensed master of the whole thing...
| Wait a moment. We already have working implementations of these functions
| in glibc, owned by the FSF. Rather than spend time writing and debugging
| new implementations of them, also owned by the FSF, wouldn't it be simpler
| to ask RMS whether the FSF gives us permissions to take the files from glibc
| and distribute them under ltdl's copyright?

The argz functions in libc are horribly entangled with the rest of glibc code.
It turned out to be quicker for me to write standalone implementations than
to try and tease out all the dependencies...

But if someone is able to extract the glibc versions, and I'm allowed to
distribute those under the ltdl license, it would certainly reduce the amount
of duplicated code in gnu (and the amount I maintain :-))

|>Better yet, maybe we could have a note in the gnulib copies that patches
|>(eg for missing argz calls) should be contributed back to libtool to
|>avoid mixing GPL code on merge?

| A note like this should do it:
|    NOTE: The canonical source of this file is maintained with the GNU Libtool
|    package.  Bugs can be reported to address@hidden

Okay, thanks.  Will do.

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