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Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc/pkgtools/pkg_install/files/lib

Alistair Crooks <> writes:

> On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 07:19:42PM +0000, Ryo ONODERA wrote:
>> Module Name: pkgsrc
>> Committed By:        ryoon
>> Date:                Sat Nov 26 19:19:42 UTC 2011
>> Modified Files:
>>      pkgsrc/pkgtools/pkg_install/files/lib: license.c
>> Log Message:
>> Add gnu-agpl-v3 to the default list.

First, unless we no longer use the variable set in mk/, we
should keep it and the list in pkg_install in sync, with a faux atomic

> I think we should probably talk about this one...

The current articulated policy (in pkgsrc/mk/ is that a
license is in the default list if it is

  Free per the FSF, or

  Open Source per OSI.


both of those are true.  So it should be added to the default list,
without requiring discussion or approval.

But, if you object to this, then I think you're really objecting to the
above policy -- which is a reasonable discussion to have, separate from
whether agpl is properly added to the default list under the current
documented policy.

That said, I don't understand the basis for objecting to the AGPL in
pkgsrc.  If people create derived works from pkgsrc, then distributing
them requires compliance.  AGPL essentially has a different definition
of distributing.

If someone has a problem with *using* software under AGPL3 but has no
problem with software under GPL3, then I would like to hear from them
and understand the objection.  It could be that we want a mk.conf
variable that enables whole classes of licenses, but I think where we
are is:

  For mere use (not creating derived works), the default set causes no
  particular problems (that would be avoidable with some other
  hypothetical default set).

  For creating and distributing derived works, you have to pay attention
  and discuss with your own counsel, and it's ill advised for pkgsrc to
  pretend otherwise.


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