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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
possibly matter.

That's never stopped this mailing list before :-)

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