[Box Backup] GNU readline licence issue
Tue, 14 Dec 2004 11:41:36 +0000
On 14 Dec 2004, at 11:27, Martin Ebourne wrote:
>> From something mentioned on another list I've found that GNU readline
> licensed under the GPL, not the LGPL as you might have expected:
> This would appear to cause problems with linking against Box Backup
> box is using the original BSD licence, which is considered to be an
> incompatible licence by the FSF. There is a modified BSD licence which
> considered compatible, which would be one way of resolving this:
> Another way would be to use an alternative to GNU readline. libedit
> appear to be a possibility which is used in the BSD world (NetBSD
> especially). I've not seen it used in the linux world though.
Whoops. That's a bit of a mistake.
However, since the source distribution does not include readline and
does not link to it, there may not be a problem. If you try and
distribute a binary which links to it, there is a problem, but this is
an issue for packagers and distributors, not for me.
Is that correct?
Of course, I respect the right of programmers to release their work
under any license they want, so if that isn't the case, I will remove
readline support from the next version.