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Re: [PATCH] distro: Add util-linux.

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: Re: [PATCH] distro: Add util-linux.
Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:29:21 +0100
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address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:

> Hi,
> Simon Josefsson <address@hidden> skribis:
>> Nikita Karetnikov <address@hidden> writes:
>>> 3. 'util-linux' uses a lot of licenses. According to
>>> 'README.licensing', it uses GPLv3+, GPLv2+, GPLv2, LGPLv2+, BSD with
>>> advertising, and Public Domain. GPLv2+ is the default license for code
>>> without an explicitly defined license.
>> Btw, what tools from util-linux is it that you believe are important?
>> If the licensing situation is unclear, maybe those could be moved to
>> some GNU project (CoreUtils/InetUtils/...?).
> Unfortunately, Coreutils is no longer sufficient:
>   http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/coreutils/2012-05/msg00101.html
> And IIRC the latest Ineutils release lacks a few tools compared to
> net-tools, no?

Right.  Getting a list of what non-GNU tools are necessary/useful would
be useful.  Is 'su' the only tool that prompted addition of util-linux
here?  util-linux and net-tools contains a lot of tools that are rarely
needed, it would be nice to limit the number of their tools that are
added as a pre-requisite for a Guix system.  I know InetUtils could use
a 'arp' tool, and I have one almost completed sitting here locally for
some time that I intend to push...


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