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Bug#193787: An attempt to document how to make a free GCC *source* tarball.



On Sun, May 25, 2003 at 12:22:15AM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> The GCC source tarball contains, well, a lot of things.  The following are 
> FDLed with invariant sections or cover texts and so non-free:
> 
[snip]
> 
> Note also that gcc/cp/g++.1 is just a pointer to gcc.1, so it's useless 
> without a gcc.1.  But it is free. ;-)

If it just contains a .so request, it's uncopyrightable, since that
contains no originality, which is a requirement (at least in the US) for
copyrightablity. In that case, it would be free.

> The following appear to be FDLed with no invariant sections, no front cover 
> texts, and no back cover texts, which might be OK according to debian-legal, 
> although there are some other complaints about the GNU FDL:
> libiberty/libiberty.texi
> libiberty/obstacks.texi

See http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2002/debian-legal-200211/msg00287.html
for why the GFDL is still not ok, even without invariant sections and
cover texts. The libiberty manuals are non-free.

> the diff, which might be simple and based on gcc --help et. al.  (Actually, 
> that might be easiest in terms of not messing with the installation rules; if 
> I knew nroff, I'd write them today, but I don't.)

See man(7).

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