Subject: pkg/21616: license handling is suboptimal
To: None <>
From: Martin Husemann <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 05/18/2003 20:44:48
>Number:         21616
>Category:       pkg
>Synopsis:       license handling is suboptimal
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    pkg-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sun May 18 18:45:00 UTC 2003
>Originator:     Martin Husemann
>Release:        NetBSD 1.6T
System: NetBSD 1.6T NetBSD 1.6T (PORTER) #1: Sat May 17 00:31:49 CEST 2003 i386
Architecture: i386
Machine: i386

I recently found myself (due to unfortunate circumstance out of my controll
and not topic here) in possesion of a file called whatever.rar.

I guessed (correctly) our friendly pkg people would have dealed with that for
me and did "cd /usr/pkgsrc/archivers/unrar && make".

It told me:

 ===> unrar-3.2.1nb1 has an unacceptable license: unrar-license.
 ===>     To build this package, add this line to your /etc/mk.conf:
 ===>     ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES+=unrar-license

Fine. Now I do care about licenses, maybe in a pretty old-fashioned way from
several points of view: I have machines I avoid "contaminating" with certain
types of licenses, and I use NetBSD packages for real work, so the blanko
statement "this is private use only, no license will realy care about it"
is not always true.

Ok, so I tried to figure out what this "unrar-license" is about and read
the DESCR file. It told me the license would be in the LICENSE.TXT file.

Easy, I did "make fetch" - but that just repeated the above license warning.


Now I bet there is some way to check what this license is about, and probably
it is even documented somewhere - but please let "make" tell me about it.
(I.e. reference the documentation, wherever it may be, or tell me how to