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From "Chip Childers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-146) Are configuration files subject to copyright or other license?
Date Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:59:11 GMT

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Chip Childers commented on LEGAL-146:

Hi all,

Just following up on this to see if anyone has an objection to the inclusion of these configuration
files.  We (the CloudStack community) are working hard to ensure that we are being as accurate
as possible with our application of ASF policies and licensing terms, so any advice that you
can share with us would be appreciated.

If we don't hear back with any objections in the next couple of days, I'll propose to the
CloudStack community to move forward with inclusion of these config files.

> Are configuration files subject to copyright or other license?
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-146
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-146
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Chiradeep Vittal
> In Apache CloudStack (incubating), we plan to distribute runtime configurations for software
that is GPL-licensed. Some of these configurations have been hand-coded after reading the
manuals, some of them are modifications of default configuration files that are included with
the program's distribution.
> For what it is worth there is only one way of making the said modifications (i.e., following
the manual for the software). 
> None of the original configuration files had any license text included with them.
> Examples:
> sysctl.conf : to configure and optimize the behavior of the Linux networking stack
> dnsmasq.conf: to configure behavior of the DHCP server to fit the needs of Apache CloudStack
> sshd.conf: to configure special ports and turn off password-based authentication

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