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Re: default option set for math/octave depends on non-free software

it has nothing to do with philosophy.
Enabling options which require explicit license acceptance
 undermines the possibility for people to install binary packages
without installing dependencies through pkgsrc. This should
be avoided, I think, except when this provides a much required
feature, which is not the case for octave/hdf5 and for other cases too.

At Sat, 06 Feb 2010 23:41:12 +0300,
Aleksej Saushev wrote:
> Taylor R Campbell <> writes:
> > By default, math/octave has the option hdf5 enabled, which makes it
> > depend on devel/hdf5, which in turn has the option szip enabled, which
> > makes it depend on the non-free software archivers/szip.
> >
> > I wish that nothing that is itself free software in pkgsrc would
> > depend on non-free software by default.  (I'd rather not see non-free
> > software in pkgsrc at all, but that's a separate issue.)  It seems
> > especially silly that for a GNU program such as GNU Octave, pkgsrc
> > would do that!
> I strongly object the policy of shipping underpowered software just
> because of questionable political reasons. If a user expects legal
> problems, he can turn the option off.
> -- 
> HE CE3OH...

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