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

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Can I use GCC without being forced to be GPL?
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 17:09:26 -0500
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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.
> 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.

First, the GPL clearly states that the license does not apply to the output
of a GPL program unless said output includes portions of the program.
Second, the gcc license specifically exempts the linking of the gcc runtime
files from the requirements of the GPL.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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