Using LGPLv3+ license for libgnutls?

Simon Josefsson simon at
Wed Sep 10 10:24:37 CEST 2008

Daniel Kahn Gillmor <dkg at> writes:

> On Tue 2008-09-09 12:01:23 -0400, Simon Josefsson wrote:
>> I tried to do some systematic searches, but the debian copyright
>> information tends to be incorrect (not mentioning versions) or difficult
>> to parse.
> This is sadly true.  Automatic resolution of this sort of question
> would be much easier if the machine-readable debian/copyright proposal
> was more widely-adopted:

I have changed one of my debian packages to use it, and will do the same
for another.  Thanks for the pointer.

> And cups appears to be ambiguous as far as the GPL'ed bits (though the
> LGPL'ed bits are pretty clearly V2-only):
> [0 dkg at squeak ~]$ grep -A6 ^INTRODUCTION /usr/share/doc/cups-common/copyright 
> The Common UNIX Printing System(tm), ("CUPS(tm)"), is provided
> under the GNU General Public License ("GPL") and GNU Library
> General Public License ("LGPL"), Version 2, with exceptions for
> Apple operating systems and the OpenSSL toolkit. A copy of the
> exceptions and licenses follow this introduction.
> [0 dkg at squeak ~]$ 
> I couldn't come up with an automated way to pull the answers to these
> questions out of debian automatically either :(

Looking at the source code headers in CUPS indicate a somewhat confusing
situation.  At least some of the files definitely just reference version
2 though.


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