Subject: Re: [RFC] Where to put license files?
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Geert Hendrickx <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/28/2005 22:03:55
On Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 09:41:47PM +0200, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> On Wed, 28 Sep 2005, Roland Illig wrote:
> >the licenses/ directory currently holds all kinds of software licenses. 
> >Some of them aren't used at all in pkgsrc, while other packages have 
> >licenses that aren't listed in this directory.
> >
> >To improve the situation, I suggest that single-package licenses are 
> >installed in their package directory. For example, 
> >fprot-workstation-license should be 
> >security/fprot-workstation/bin/LICENSE, as this is the only package using 
> >this license.
> I'm not sure that's a situation that shall be "improved".
> Benefit of the current solution that I see is that
> 1) we have all licenses in 1 place, and can have an easy overview
> 2) if a second package comes up with that license, you see that
>    it's already there.
> I guess that esp. 2) will not be handled properly with your suggested 
> solution.

I think the benefits are greater than the drawbacks here.  

And similar packages often share some Makefile.common.  LICENSE and
LICENSE_FILE could be defined there.