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Re: [bug-gettext] gettext-runtime/libintl license

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] gettext-runtime/libintl license
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:38:36 +0200
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muteki muteki wrote:
> > No, not all of gnulib is under GPLv3. See
> > https://www.gnu.org/software/gnulib/manual/html_node/Copyright.html
> Thanks for the pointers.  I took a look at the link you provided, while it
> specifies some code could be in LGPL, few modules I found in gettext-runtime
> (e.g. closeout, fwriteerror, progname, propername, trim, xreadlink and
> xstriconv) have GPL license explicitly stated in the gnulib module 
> description.

Correct. These modules are under GPL license and are NOT used in

> Also, the link specifies to use some gnulib modules under LGPL, we could
> compile gnulib-tool with --lgpl to replace GPL header, but seems like that's
> not being done in gettext-runtime.

Good point. Yes, the gettext-runtime/libintl/ could be constructed from gnulib
by use of "gnulib-tool --lgpl", but this is not being done, for historical
reasons. Instead, the source code files of gettext-runtime/libintl/ are being
synced with gnulib manually.

> Is that safe to use gettime-runtime as LGPL?

Yes. The file gettext-runtime/intl/COPYING.LIB should make the intent clear.


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