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Re: Can I use GCC without being forced to be GPL?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Can I use GCC without being forced to be GPL?
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 22:57:51 +0200
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jacob navia <> writes:

> In a previous message, I have explained that I can't use the
> bfd library under linux because it is a GPLed binary.
> OK.
> But can I use the gcc compiler with
> system("gcc output.o");
> to produce the executable?
> If this usage of "gcc" makes my compiler system a
> "derivative work" of gcc there is no sense by trying
> to do a linux version at all.

The GPL states:

     Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are
     not covered by this License; they are outside its scope.  The act
     of running the Program is not restricted, and the output from the
     Program is covered only if its contents constitute a work based on
     the Program (independent of having been made by running the
     Program).  Whether that is true depends on what the Program does.

The output of a compiler is not commonly regarded as a "work based on
a program".

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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