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From James Mansion <ja...@mansionfamily.plus.com>
Subject Re: [jira] Created: (QPID-2017) Files for Async Store interface layer (NOTE, read carefully - license issues)
Date Sat, 01 Aug 2009 07:05:48 GMT
Kim van der Riet (JIRA) wrote:
> They are encumbered with BDB, which is used to save the broker state. For this reason,
these files are LGPL
Why are they encumbered with BDB?  You aren't redistributing BDB are you?

And even if you deem that referencing symbols in BDB is somehow 
'redistribution' of
(part of) BDB, why does that make it LGPL?

Surely it just requires:

'Redistributions in any form must be accompanied by information on
how to obtain complete source code for the DB software and any
accompanying software that uses the DB software.'

(And that 's more like GPL, than LGPL)

I'm not sure how referencing BDB symbols can be redistributing BDB,
but I guess Sleepycat and Oracle have no interest in clarity on that.

The symbols are discussed in books and documentation and used from code
that could be considered as the source of snippets used.  APR has code that
can use BDB doesn't it?

James


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