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Re: Handling licenses

Am 10.07.2016 um 17:28 schrieb Greg Troxel:
> Roland Illig <> writes:
>> Do we have some tool that I can feed a
>> given COPYING file into, and it tells me which of the predefined
>> licenses it is?
> I append a hacky script that uses wdiff, on the notion that in finding
> out if a given license text is close enough to an established one to
> call it the same, it is most useful to look at files with low diff
> distance.

The script is cool, thanks. I improved it a bit so that it doesn't "cd"
during its work. As a result, it is possible to feed it absolute or
relative pathnames. It also uses a fixed temporary directory for its
results so that the filesystem doesn't get cluttered with
license-comparing directories.


#! /bin/sh
set -eu

if [ $# -ne 1 ]; then
    echo "usage: find-license license-file" 2>&1
    exit 1

: ${PKGSRCDIR:=/usr/pkgsrc}
: ${TMPDIR:=/tmp}

mkdir -p "$resultdir"

for license in $PKGSRCDIR/licenses/*; do
    if [ -f "$license" ]; then
        wdiff -3 "$license" "$candidate" \
        > "$resultdir/${license##*/}" || true

echo "Best-matching licenses for $candidate:"

ls -lrS $resultdir/* | grep -v ^total | sed 10q

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