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Re: files in contrib/ without licence

From: Blair Zajac <blair_at_orcaware.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2008 15:02:34 -0800

Mark Phippard wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 3:55 PM, Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de> wrote:
>
>> the following files in contrib/ do not have a licence:
>>
>> cgi/mirror_dir_through_svn.cgi
>> client-side/emacs/vc-svn.el
>> client-side/svn_all_diffs.pl
>> client-side/svn_load_dirs/svn_load_dirs.pl.in
>> client-side/vim/diff-to-logmsg.vim
>> client-side/vim/svn.vim
>> hook-scripts/detect-merge-conflicts.sh
>> server-side/backup-recipe.sh
>> server-side/load_repo_with_mergesensitive_copy.sh
>> server-side/svnmirror-test.sh
>>
>> This prevents downstream distributors from packaging these files.
>> Besides my other Subversion duties, I am maintaining the OpenBSD
>> port of Subversion and cannot include these files if they do not
>> have a licence.
>>
>> The authors, and committers who committed these files (there's
>> some overlap) are in Cc. Please add a licence to your file[s].
>>
>> It's enough if you add them on trunk.
>> I will take care of backporting the licences to the 1.5.x branch
>> (unless anyone has a problem with that, but I doubt that's the case.)
>
> We have gone through this before, Peter Samuelson regularly brings
> this up because Debian has the same issue. So I suspect the files
> that are left without a license have mostly done so because we cannot
> assign one. It looks like a couple in your list might be new files
> where a license was overlooked and could be updated.
>
> Why don't we boot these files from trunk and our tarballs? We could
> create a new top-level folder for them or just get rid of them
> altogether.

Some of them are well documented, such a svn_load_dirs.pl.in, in the Svn book,
so dropping it isn't a good idea.

I think we should continue to distribute them and let the distibuters who care
about them deal with removing the files from their packages.

Also, in the case of svn_load_dirs, there is a Python port that has a license
that was written by/for Debian.

Blair

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