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From Graham Leggett <minf...@sharp.fm>
Subject Re: apr-util - "missing" file is GPL licensed
Date Fri, 05 Feb 2010 01:15:32 GMT
On 04 Feb 2010, at 6:27 PM, Nick Kew wrote:

> Since noone else has replied yet, I'll Cc: this to legal.
>
> This appears to be part of expat, which APR merely bundles.
> Your primary port of call should presumably be the expat
> developers.  Having said that, it is indeed included in
> APR distributions from Apache, so it looks like an issue
> for us.  I don't know if it comes under any of the FSF's
> exceptions for the core toolchain (as in, compiling with
> gcc and linking glibc doesn't bring you under GPL).
>
> From an APR point of view, I've long argued that we should
> stop bundling third-party libraries that would be better
> treated as dependencies.  We may now have yet another reason
> to do so!
>
> FWIW, it should also be straightforward to remove the file
> and (at worst) substitute stubs for anything that's required.
> The worst it'll do is make the build less robust against
> an incomplete toolchain.

Isn't "missing" part of automake?

I suspect "missing" is subject to the license exceptions that allow  
automake to be used on non-GPL code. This might be a bug in automake  
itself (incorrect license conditions being embedded in files).

Regards,
Graham
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