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Re: pkgsrc license question

Thanks for the information everyone. I ask about the license because I've taken over maintaining the pkgsrc package (odd I know) for Arch Linux since the version on the AUR is very out of date (2012Q1). The Arch packaging guidelines have changed since the package was updated last and now say that BSD licensed software should install a copy of the license so I was looking for the text of it.

The arch package basically pulls down the latest release and makes a pacman package out of it, then bootstraps it at install time. I took over maintaining it because I use pkgsrc on Linux and there wasn't anybody maintaining pkgsrc on the AUR

On Jan 11, 2014 2:57 AM, "Jonathan Perkin" <> wrote:
* On 2014-01-11 at 02:55 GMT, OBATA Akio wrote:

> On Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:07:28 +0900, Greg Troxel <> wrote:
> >
> >Matthew Raspberry <> writes:
> >
> >>Can someone tell me where to find the license that pkgsrc is licensed
> >>under? I've looked on but I didn't see it there. Does it fall
> >>under the standard one on
> >
> >That's a surprisingly good question (surprising that it's hard to
> >clearly find the answer, not about you!) :-) I believe that everyone who
> >works on pkgsrc believes that pkgsrc itself is under a modifed BSD
> >license.  But README doesn't say that, and doc/pkgsrc.txt at least does
> >not make it obvious.  That said, your conclusion about pkgsrc being
> >under a 2-clause BSD license seems entirely reasonable given what's
> >easily findable.
> Unfortunately, we can find 4-clause BSD license in pkgsrc/mk/{buildlink3,tools}.

And is public domain.

Matthew, is there a particular reason for asking?  Perhaps we can help
if there is reason you cannot use pkgsrc due to this.  pkgsrc is
somewhat unusual in that it mostly consists of metadata.

Jonathan Perkin  -  Joyent, Inc.  -

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