Re: php5-xapian: PHP licence vs GPL
Olly Betts <email@example.com> wrote:
> For reference, this is #513796 in the BTS.
Will you summarise/link or should we cc?
> Steve Langasek:
> There are several other PHP extensions in circulation that use GPLed
> libraries, some of them distributed with the PHP source itself. (The
> readline extension is one example.) Binaries for these modules can't be
> distributed in Debian, but that doesn't mean you can't write a PHP
> extension for a GPL library and distribute it on your own.
> * Is the quote above an accurate summary of the currently accepted
> interpretation? (That mail is from 2003 so perhaps things have
> changed since).
I think it's still accurate. More recent links can be found in
The FSF seems to support the general idea of GPL-incompatibility in
> * If so, is there anything which can be done other than removing
> php5-xapian from the archive?
Relicensing in some way. It might not be simple or even possible, but
it seems like the only alternative I can see. See
for a helpful guide.
> * Assuming php5-xapian must be removed from the archive, can the
> xapian-bindings source package (which builds bindings for python,
> ruby, etc too) continue to include (now unused) source code for it, or
> do I need to prepare a special "dfsg" version of the upstream source
> tarball without this code? (I notice Steve says "binaries for these
> modules", which hints that source may be OK).
http://trac.xapian.org/ticket/191 makes me think the combination only
happens at compile time, so including unused source would be OK.
Hope that helps,
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