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[bug-gnulib] Re: timegm license incompatibility

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: [bug-gnulib] Re: timegm license incompatibility
Date: Mon, 09 May 2005 12:51:08 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.1006 (Gnus v5.10.6) Emacs/21.4 (gnu/linux)

Yoann Vandoorselaere <address@hidden> writes:

> I noticed that the GnuLib timegm module is marked as LGPL but some of
> it's dependencies (time_r and extensions), are marked as GPL. Thus
> gnulib-import --lgpl fail.
> Would it be possible to move the time_r and extensions module license to
> LGPL ?

time_r is a bit of an issue, as it contains GPL'ed code that isn't
100% trivial.  On the other hand, it's meant as a replacement for
glibc code that is LGPLed.  Fellow gnulibers, do we have a general
policy for this sort of thing?  If not, I'm inclined to LGPL it.

extensions is not a problem for you, but it does suggest a problem in
gnulib-tool.  All its code is actually under a license that is even
more generous than the LGPL:

   # Copyright (C) 2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
   # This file is free software; the Free Software Foundation
   # gives unlimited permission to copy and/or distribute it,
   # with or without modifications, as long as this notice is preserved.

I don't know of a name for this license; perhaps we could call it
"preserve-notice"?  At any rate, gnulib-tool doesn't know about
"preserve-notice", so for now I've changed the license of the
extensions module to "LGPL", which is at least an improvement.

> Ps: the GnuLib mailing list seem to be down.

Should be up now.

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