Subject: pkg/19686: pkg_install+db2 license incompatiblity
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List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/04/2003 22:25:08
>Number:         19686
>Category:       pkg
>Synopsis:       pkg_install requires db2, but db2 has an incompatible license
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    pkg-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sat Jan 04 22:26:00 PST 2003
>Originator:     Frank Cusack
>Release:        NetBSD 1.6
System: NetBSD 1.6 NetBSD 1.6 (moltar) #16: Sun Nov 17 22:42:13 PST 2002 sparc64
Architecture: sparc64
Machine: sparc64
	pkgtools/pkg_install uses the system libdb, if present.  If absent,
	it requires db-2.7.7.  But the license for Berkeley DB > 1.85
	is incompatible with the license for pkg_install.

	The db-2.7.7 and later license requires source code distribution for
	any software that uses Berkeley DB, if that software is distributed
	outside of a single physical location (such as multiple data centers).

	While not a problem per se for pkg_install, since it's source code
	/is/ available, if a local site modifies pkg_install to their own
	ends they may be led to believe they can keep the changes private;
	or that they can create a binary-only product based on pkg_install.
	They cannot, if it is linked with db > 1.85.

	The db license restriction is bogus and is extremely likely to be
	invalid, but that's not a decision pkgsrc should make, especially
	when 1) a different version of Berkeley DB with a compatible license
	is available, and 2) libdb support is not an absolute required.
	Create a databases/db1 package.  I have this locally and can
	contribute it if desired.