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Bug#304709: ITP: libafs-perl -- Perl interface to the AFS distributed filesystem

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Owner: Russ Allbery <rra@stanford.edu>

* Package name    : libafs-perl
  Version         : 2.2.3
  Upstream Author : Norbert Gruener <nog@MPA-Garching.MPG.DE>
* URL             : http://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/kwiki/nog/afsperl/
* License         : GPL or Artistic (Artistic in practice, see below)
  Description     : Perl interface to the AFS distributed filesystem

AFS is a distributed filesystem allowing cross-platform sharing of
files among multiple computers.  Facilities are provided for access
control, authentication, backup and administrative management.

This package provides Perl bindings to the AFS APIs, including support
for doing in Perl nearly all of the operations possible with the AFS
client programs.

Note that the licensing on this package is a bit subtle, although it
shouldn't be a serious problem.  The module is licensed under the
standard Perl terms of the user's choice of GPL or Artistic, but
OpenAFS is licensed under the IBM Public License, which is DFSG-free
but incompatible with the GPL.  Therefore, the Artistic license is the
license one has to consider when looking at the combined work.

Also, the upstream source includes a copyright notice and license from
Stanford University for the original version of the module.  This is our
old license agreement, which is not clearly DFSG-free (it doesn't clearly
grant the right to distribute modifications).  However, Stanford
University has since relicensed the original code under the DFSG-free MIT
license that's compatible with most everything.  I've told the upstream
author about this, and this will also be clearly noted in the copyright
file of the package.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.4.26
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968) (ignored: LC_ALL set to C)

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