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From Steven Noels <>
Subject Re: [announce] CVSSource at
Date Thu, 16 Jan 2003 08:21:56 GMT
Sylvain Wallez wrote:

> Moreover, writing a detailed mock for a LGPL'ed library means copying 
> the library's structure. Legally, can't this be considered as some 
> derivative work, requiring the mocks to be also LGPL'ed ? I don't know.

I'm pretty sure that could be considered derivative work, and even more 
sure that the (L)GPL will go at length _not_ being explicit about it, so 
that it will be up to personal interpretation. This means uncertainty, 
and the policy over here appears to: if it isn't explicitly allowed, it 
is disallowed.

> The solution seems to me some changes to the build system so that 
> problematic libraries are downloaded from a remote location when needed.

Yep. Some of these libraries can be redistributable in _binary_ form, 
but cannot be stored in CVS. They should be included in the release 
distro by the release manager, who downloaded the libraries locally. But 
they cannot be stored in ASF CVS for the ease of compilation.

> Time to consider moving to Maven or Centipede ?

That would ease some of the issues, yes.

Steven Noels                  
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