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Re: psql & readline & win32

From: "Magnus Hagander" <mha(at)sollentuna(dot)net>
To: "Tom Lane" <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>,"Robert Treat" <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
Cc: <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>,"Andrew Dunstan" <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
Subject: Re: psql & readline & win32
Date: 2006-01-02 08:08:26
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> Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net> writes:
> > On Sunday 01 January 2006 18:51, Andrew Dunstan wrote:
> >> This has been debated ad nauseam in the past. The consensus, bar a 
> >> few people with more advanced paranoia than I suffer from, 
> is that we 
> >> can ;-)
> > I don't think it is good practice to ship packaged software that is 
> > statically linked to a gpl library and then claim that your 
> package is bsd licensed.
> Robert is 100% right.  If the Readline people wanted non-GPL 
> packages linking to their code, they'd have used LGPL not 
> GPL.  We must not ignore their clear intentions; to do so is 
> certainly unethical and probably illegal.

Does it make a difference if we ship it dynamically linked against a
DLL? Because we can do that pretty easily.

> Anyone for trying to port BSD libedit to work on Windows?

I googled a bit on that as well, and turns out that somebody did try it,
and it wasn't easy. And from what I can tell, not complete yet.

I'm sure it *can* be done, but it's probably quite a bit of work.

> (Of course, you could also treat the Windows installer as 
> being entirely GPL-licensed, which would effectively comply 
> with both upstream licenses.  But I don't find that an 
> appealing solution.)

Me either.

Though we do ship GPL stuff in it already - postgis to be specific. But
we don't link against that, we just load the module at runtime...


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