Subject: Re: PKG: ncurses status
To: Greg A. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Alan Barrett <email@example.com>
Date: 12/17/1997 18:31:16
> I guess one could argue that there's the possiblity of binaries of ports
> being distributed, but perhaps there needs to be some way in the ports
> system to indicate that binaries are not to be made available without
> first checking with the copyright....
There are already NO_CDROM, NO_PACKAGE and RESTRICTED variables that
can be set in a package's Makefile. Here's how they are described in
the FreeBSD documentation (see <URL:ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/
<item>If the port has a `do not sell for profit' type of
license, set the variable <tt>NO_CDROM</tt>. We will make
sure such ports won't go into the CD-ROM come release time.
The distfile and package will still be available via ftp.
<item>If the resulting package needs to be built uniquely for
each site, or the resulting binary package can't be distributed
due to licensing; set the variable <tt>NO_PACKAGE</tt>.
We will make sure such packages won't go on the ftp site, nor
into the CD-ROM come release time. The distfile will still be
included on both however.
<item>If the port has legal restrictions on who can use it
(e.g., crypto stuff) or has a `no commercial use' license,
set the variable <tt>RESTRICTED</tt> to be the string
describing the reason why. For such ports, the
distfiles/packages will not be available even from our ftp
(The "distfile" is the unpatched stuff from the original author;
typically a tarball. The "package" is the ready-to-install package;
typically a *.tgz file containing binaries and man pages. AFAIK, the
stuff in the pkgsrc tree is never restricted by any of the above three
--apb (Alan Barrett)