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Question regarding g++ and GPL in my own project

From: Michael Stather
Subject: Question regarding g++ and GPL in my own project
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 21:43:00 +0100


I´ve a little question concerning the license of gcc:

I plan to develop a game-making system consisting of an IDE and gcc.

I´ll develop an engine which translates the source from a BASIC-style language into c++ and then compiles them using g++.

GCC resides in an extra dir in the distribution and only called through the IDE via commandline and it´s results are read (mainly because I don´t want to dig into the

g++ source) by the IDE. So I simply use a regular distribution or a CVS version of g++.

My question is, does the GPL permit to sell the final product without releasing the source for my Basic<->C++ engine or the IDE, assuming that they aren´t linked via the source to each other and theoretically it´s possible to use any other compiler?

Am I wrong in thinking that when using parts of the source of gcc then I need to publish the whole sourcecode. What I develop is the converting engine which just needs a c++-compiler to compile the generated code, and isn´t woven into g++.

I respect the idea of open-source and want to clarify this before starting (perhaps the product will be open-source, too)

regards and thanks for developing gcc


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