Subject: Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc/mk
To: Alistair Crooks <>
From: Roland Illig <>
List: pkgsrc-changes
Date: 09/28/2005 12:35:52
Alistair Crooks wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 08:24:53AM +0000, Roland Illig wrote:
>>Module Name:	pkgsrc
>>Committed By:	rillig
>>Date:		Wed Sep 28 08:24:53 UTC 2005
>>Modified Files:
>>	pkgsrc/mk:
>>Log Message:
>>Added a variable LICENSE_FILE that may be set to point to the license
>>file of the package. It does _not_ replace the LICENSE variable. The
>>variable is currently only used in the show-license target. It is
>>intended that LICENSE_FILE is used for licenses that only apply to a
>>single package or a package group, so that the number of licenses in the
>>licenses/ directory is kept small.
> I'm not clear why yet another Makefile definition was added
> to the mix here, given that pkgsrc controls the name of the
> licen[cs]e file here in the licenses/ directory and the pkgsrc
> Makefile for the package, and that we have enough trouble with
> alternate spellings already without adding yet another one for
> almost no gain, AFAICT.

I just felt it could be usable. ;)

- packages in the wip/ category or other add-on categories currently 
cannot use the LICENSE variable as intended, as they would have to set 

- I think that having the licenses near the package that uses them makes 
it easier to keep track which licenses are actually used. I just 
compared the licenses that are used with the ones that are provided in 
the licenses/ directory. There's some work to do.