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From Jan Lehnardt <...@prima.de>
Subject Re: Sphinx license
Date Sun, 23 Mar 2008 23:39:16 GMT

On Mar 23, 2008, at 19:10 , Søren Hilmer wrote:
> Sure, It was the glue code that uses Sphinx' API directly I was  
> referring to,
> and while I am also not a lawyer, I agree that "linkage" using stdio  
> should
> not be a problem.
>
> Actually what CouchDB is then doing is to provide a stdio interface  
> for
> integrating fulltextsearch engines, and supply a reference  
> implementation of
> this interface using Lucene.

Exactly :)

Jan
--


>
>
> --Søren
>
> On Sunday 23 March 2008 23:27, Jan Lehnardt wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> On Mar 23, 2008, at 17:38 , Søren Hilmer wrote:
>>> Hi
>>>
>>> Took a quick look at Sphinx, and noticed that it licensed under GPL
>>> v.2. That
>>> is probably a problem for integration into CouchDB, as it is not
>>> compatiple
>>> with Apache v.2.
>>>
>>> see: http://www.apache.org/licenses/GPL-compatibility.html
>>
>> I am not lawyer but from how I understand it, we do not "link"  
>> binaries
>> here and CouchDB is not entirely dependent on Sphinx. I know of a
>> few commercial GUIs to GPLed code (XTorrent, Rouge Amoeba's
>> programmes etc.) that use stdio to bridge GPL and non-GPL code
>> bases. From what I understand that is considered "legal" and we
>> are doing the same thing. So I think we can integrate Sphinx with
>> CouchDB. The code that uses the Sphinx API directly, that is the
>> Indexer and the Searcher would need to be under GPL though and
>> could not be distributed with CouchDB.
>>
>> Cheers
>> Jan
>> --
>
> -- 
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