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GPL and DMAPI

To: linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: GPL and DMAPI
From: "James A Goodwin" <jagoodwi@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 13:31:03 -0500
Sender: owner-linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
The GPL indicates that linking with libraries distributed under it results
in an executable which is also under GPL.  This means that any client
program written as a client to the Linux XFS DMAPI library is sucked in
under GPL, even though no GPL code was modified.

Was this SGI's intent?  If so, it seems to effectively destroy any chance
of commercial software interfacing with Linux XFS, via DMAPI or any other
supplied library.

If not, is there any plan to distribute Linux XFS under the LGPL, which
does allow non-GPL linking?

Thanks,

-James Goodwin
Software Engineer
IBM Global Services - Federal


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