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From "Ralf S. Engelschall" <>
Subject Re: GNU scripts for autoconf.
Date Thu, 15 Jul 1999 06:50:27 GMT

In article <> you wrote:
> In article <> you wrote:
>> Yes, these are specifically allowed if one uses autoconf to create
>> a configure file.
>>> Just wondering if we are allowed to use GNU scripts like config.guess and
>>> config.sub for our autoconf config in apr.  MY gut is that this is okay,
>>> but I don't want to use it if it is going to cause problems.
> Yes, the same also applies to libtool and shtool.  And btw, actually even when
> something is GPL you always can _USE_ a _script_ in APR without problem. Only
> _CHANGING_ it will conflict with BSD-style license. See GNU shtool for an
> example. Everyone can include the "shtool" script and _use_ it without
> problems. Only when you want to change it, you've to make those changes under
> the GPL, of course. The important point here one has to remember is that for
> scripts the GPL can be treated differenly, because scripts are "just used"
> while for GPL'ed source code you can say you're "just using" it when it's
                                   "can't", of course.

> included into a source tree and linked into a program.

                                       Ralf S. Engelschall

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