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Re: license info in libstdc++ README
- From: Florian Weimer <fw at deneb dot enyo dot de>
- To: David Turner <novalis at fsf dot org>
- Cc: gcc-patches at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005 22:34:45 +0100
- Subject: Re: license info in libstdc++ README
- References: <1104958782.17404.5.camel@banks>
* David Turner:
> --- libstdc++-v3/README.orig Wed Jan 5 13:36:07 2005
> +++ libstdc++-v3/README Wed Jan 5 13:36:20 2005
> @@ -94,3 +94,15 @@
> In files throughout the system, lines marked with an "XXX" indicate
> a bug or incompletely-implemented feature. Lines marked "XXX MT"
> indicate a place that may require attention for multi-thread safety.
> +libstdc++ itself is licensed under the terms of the GPL with the
> +following exception, which permits ordinary use of libstdc++ in
> +proprietary software:
> + As a special exception, if you link this library with files
> + compiled with a GNU compiler to produce an executable, this does
> + not cause the resulting executable to be covered by the GNU General
> + Public License. This exception does not however invalidate any
> + other reasons why the executable file might be covered by the GNU
> + General Public License.
> +The testcases are under the plain GPL.
Is this really true? The actual exception is a bit broader:
// As a special exception, you may use this file as part of a free software
// library without restriction. Specifically, if other files instantiate
// templates or use macros or inline functions from this file, or you compile
// this file and link it with other files to produce an executable, this
// file does not by itself cause the resulting executable to be covered by
// the GNU General Public License. This exception does not however
// invalidate any other reasons why the executable file might be covered by
// the GNU General Public License.