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Re: AC_C_LONG_DOUBLE is obsolescent.

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: AC_C_LONG_DOUBLE is obsolescent.
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 14:56:12 -0500 (CDT)

On Wed, 9 Apr 2008, Benjamin Reed wrote:

FYI, gnulib != GNU libc.

It's just an umbrella project of bite-sized standalone portability
fixes for other projects to use.

This project is primarily of interest to GPLed projects and not to non-GPL projects since the gnulib components are GPL or LGPL. As expected to be used, LGPL gnulib components don't absolve a non-GPL application from GPL distribution requirements since the LGPL component is linked directly into the application. Non-GPL projects typically write their own replacement function or see if they can port one from *BSD sources.

Many projects using autoconf are not distributed according to GPL and have no interest in becoming so. For example, if xntp required a proprietary clock driver and used gnulib modules, then the binary could not be distributed unless that proprietary clock driver is also distributed in relinkable form so an arbitrary user could re-link xntp.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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