pragma License (Unrestricted | GPL | Modified_GPL | Restricted);
This pragma is provided to allow automated checking for appropriate license
conditions with respect to the standard and modified GPL. A pragma
License, which is a configuration pragma that typically appears at
the start of a source file or in a separate gnat.adc file, specifies
the licensing conditions of a unit as follows:
with'ed by a restricted unit.
withunits which are licensed under the modified GPL (this is the whole point of the modified GPL).
Normally a unit with no
License pragma is considered to have an
unknown license, and no checking is done. However, standard GNAT headers
are recognized, and license information is derived from them as follows.
A GNAT license header starts with a line containing 78 hyphens. The following comment text is searched for the appearance of any of the following strings.
If the string “GNU General Public License” is found, then the unit is assumed to have GPL license, unless the string “As a special exception” follows, in which case the license is assumed to be modified GPL.
If one of the strings “This specification is adapted from the Ada Semantic Interface” or “This specification is derived from the Ada Reference Manual” is found then the unit is assumed to be unrestricted.
These default actions means that a program with a restricted license pragma
will automatically get warnings if a GPL unit is inappropriately
with'ed. For example, the program:
with Sem_Ch3; with GNAT.Sockets; procedure Secret_Stuff is ... end Secret_Stuff
if compiled with pragma
Restricted) in a
gnat.adc file will generate the warning:
1. with Sem_Ch3; | >>> license of withed unit "Sem_Ch3" is incompatible 2. with GNAT.Sockets; 3. procedure Secret_Stuff is
Here we get a warning on
Sem_Ch3 since it is part of the GNAT
compiler and is licensed under the
GPL, but no warning for
GNAT.Sockets which is part of the GNAT
run time, and is therefore licensed under the modified GPL.