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Re: [PROPOSAL] Two identical Subversion License files

From: Brian Behlendorf <brian_at_collab.net>
Date: 2006-10-17 22:42:46 CEST

Catching up on an old message. Replying at the top and leaving the whole
message below just for expediency of context.

I can't say I've checked with CollabNet legal on this, but IMHO I would
not worry about maintaining the numbering scheme with the license
filename; no other project uses it or needs it, and the version control
history of both the code and the website should clarify which version of a
license applies during which periods of time.


On Mon, 18 Sep 2006, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Lieven Govaerts <svnlgo@mobsol.be> writes:
>> Karl Fogel wrote:
>>> But for license-1.html, it's every source file in our repository, and
>>> a bunch of other files as well :-). I think the best strategy would
>>> be to fix up the above three first, in a separate commit, and then do
>>> a third commit taking care of all the license-1.html instances
>>> (that'll be a non-trivial amount of work, though, if you don't have
>>> time I don't think it's urgent).
>> I noticed this weekend that the Windows installer refers to the
>> license-1.html file like this:
>> "This is version 1 of this license. It is also available online at
>> http://subversion.tigris.org/license-1.html. If newer versions of
>> this license are posted there (the same URL, but with the version
>> number incremented: .../license-2.html, .../license-3.html, and so
>> on), you may use a newer version instead, at your option. "
>> There probably was a reason why the filename included the version, is
>> that reason gone now? If a new version of the license is released,
>> users of a previous version of Subversion still have the option to
>> comply to the old version, not to the new. If I understood correctly,
>> in your current proposal we will automatically update the license file
>> to the latest version?
> I hadn't noticed that language, thank you for catching it.
> Bhuvan, I think we'd better hold off on the license-1.html part of
> this change; fixing up the project_license.html situation is still
> good, but it should just point to license-1.html now.
> Can you check with CollabNet's lawyer to see whether we need to
> maintain the numbering scheme? If not, then we can do your full
> patch.
> -Karl
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