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Re: GPL and DMAPI

To: "James A Goodwin" <jagoodwi@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: GPL and DMAPI
From: Steve Lord <lord@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2001 14:27:45 -0500
Cc: linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: Message from "James A Goodwin" <jagoodwi@xxxxxxxxxx> of "Thu, 06 Sep 2001 13:31:03 CDT." <OF3DA56F9B.AD7B263D-ON86256ABF.006515F9@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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?

As James found out, the dmapi library is actually already LGPL. so there
is no constraint on using it.

Steve



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