Re: GPL and command-line libraries
Andrew Suffield wrote:
This does appear intuitively to be the correct answer for the case
where two otherwise non-derivative works are combined into a single
binary. They don't magically become derivatives, invoking that clause
of the GPL, but you still have to follow its rules for binary
Pathological case: link in a library you don't use.
You wouldn't have to distribute the source of that library, AFAICT.
Clause 3 is limited to "the program (or a work based on it, under
Section 2)". Clause 0 explicitly defines that to mean the program or a
derivative work of it.
Clause 3(a) requires including "the complete corresponding
machine-readable source code". The complete corresponding source code to
the Program does not include the library.
IOW, tar vs. ld is a technical distinction that really doesn't matter.
On the other hand, I can't think of a scenario where this could
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