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Re: version-etc vs. GPLv3

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: version-etc vs. GPLv3
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 07:52:35 +0200

Eric Blake <address@hidden> wrote:
> Idea 2: Enhance the version-etc-fsf module to also provide extern const
> char version_etc_license[], with the GPLv3+ string ready to translate,
> alongside its current version_etc_copyright.  Then in version_etc_va,
> instead of hard-coding the license string, instead refer to the global
> variable.
> This has the benefit that it becomes easy to supply any non-GPLv3+
> license, by using --avoid=version-etc-fsf and supplying the two globals
> version_etc_license and version_etc_copyright; it also minimizes
> translator effort by providing only one license string.  However, it has
> the drawback that it will cause link errors for existing programs that do
> not use version-etc-fsf, and takes a bit more work for a package not
> willing to report GPLv3+ yet.
> I'm leaning toward idea 2, but want some feedback before I submit a patch.

I prefer that, too.

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