Subject: Re: [RFC] Where to put license files?
To: Greg Troxel <>
From: Johnny C. Lam <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/29/2005 10:17:30
Greg Troxel wrote:
> "Johnny C. Lam" <> writes:
>>I would suggest two refinements:
>>(1) Have LICENSE_FILE default to ${PKGDIR}/${LICENSE} so that we have
>>     the same naming convention for single-package licenses as what
>>     currently exists in pkgsrc/licenses.
> So packages with license files stored in pkgsrc/licenses would need to
> I would like to see local license files have names that would be
> appropriate if in pkgsrc/licenses, so
> pkgsrc/security/fprot-workstation-bin/fprot-workstation-license.  I
> think this is what jlam means, but I'm not 100% sure.

Yes, this is exactly what I had in mind.

>>(2) In much the same way that there is mk/defaults/options.descriptions
>>     file, I think we'll need a similar file that lists the various
>>     licences that are used by packages in pkgsrc that may be easily
>>     consulted by the user, and probably by any ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES logic
>>     in
> I object to pkgsrc providing summaries of licenses.  The license files
> exist in the first place because of non-free programs, and it is
> dangerous business to abstract what purports to be a legal document
> for someone - a bit too much like legal advice.  Also, different
> people have different concerns - some might use a program commercially
> (for which there is no widely accepted single definition) and thus not
> want to accept licenses that prohibit commercial use.  Others might
> object to indemnification, reciprocal patent grants, or assertions
> that one is authorized to sign for the company in the case of use in a
> workplace.

Nobody said anything about license summaries here -- don't put words 
into my mouth.  I want a file that lists all of the available license 
options so that we don't have to trawl pkgsrc for it, perhaps of the format:

	licenese-name	cat/pkg1 cat/pkg2 cat/pkg3

Where cat/pkgN are the package directories of packages that use 
license-name.  These are script-parseable for the benefit of pkgsrc 


	-- Johnny Lam <>