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From Stefan Bodewig <bode...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Tasks for GPL-ed tools (Was: Re: Problems with licenses (GPL, LGPL) and task writing)
Date Mon, 18 Jun 2001 06:51:55 GMT
Weiqi Gao <weiqigao@networkusa.net> wrote:

> These points seem to be clear:
> 
> 1. GPL-ed code can't go into Ant CVS (or any other Apache projects).
> 
> 2. If the task uses the GPL-ed tool through a command line
> interface, the the task would not be forced to be GPL-ed.
> 
> 3. If the task calls into the GPL-ed tool through a programming
> interface, then the task would be forced to be GPL-ed.

Right.

> What about using reflection (assuming the GPL-ed tool is a Java
> tool)?

Should work (and probably be quite cumbersome) without forcing it to
be GPLed.  org.apache.tools.ant.taskdefs.rmic.KaffeRmic is such a
case.

Stefan

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