opencdk under LGPL

Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos nmav at
Mon Jan 14 17:23:03 CET 2008

On Jan 14, 2008 4:57 PM, Simon Josefsson <simon at> wrote:

> > I have splitted the files in the opencdk distribution in a way that we can
> > copy directly the LGPL ones only. This is what I've done in the lgpl branch.
> > I don't know how good idea would be to drop the dependency on opencdk
> > completely and use the included LGPL files only.
> I think it would be better to have a libgnutls-openpgp (under LGPL) for
> the OpenPGP stuff, for at least two reasons: size and API compatibility.
> This would make it easier to do further work on the OpenPGP stuff
> without breaking API/ABI for the core library.  What do you think?

No I don't think the idea into splitting into sublibraries is a good
idea. It causes more
problems than it solves. All features can be compiled out if
necessary, thus it should
cause a space problem. About compatibility, it doesn't cause any except for the
changes I did to the functions. All applications linked to
gnutls-extra will continue
to work with openpgp in the main library!

> As for opencdk, I'm not sure... as far as I know, very few (if any)
> applications except gnutls uses opencdk.  But having it available as a
> separate library is good in case someone wants to use it.  It also helps
> to make sure gnutls and the lgpl-opencdk library are well separated, and
> that we only use public APIs etc.

Currently, there is no LGPL only version of opencdk, that's why it is
included in the
main gnutls library (no symbols exported). Once an lgpl version is
available we can link
on it!


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