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From "Chiradeep Vittal (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-146) Are configuration files subject to copyright or other license?
Date Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:41:38 GMT
Chiradeep Vittal created LEGAL-146:
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             Summary: 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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