gdbm license change

Honza Horak hhorak at
Mon Dec 12 17:08:53 UTC 2011

On 12/09/2011 10:01 PM, Tom Callaway wrote:
> On 11/15/2011 03:19 AM, Honza Horak wrote:
>> If there are some license issues not easy to solve, there is still a
>> compat-gdbm package, which ships gdbm-1.8.3 with GPLv2+.
> The problem is that compat-gdbm has no -devel package, and we cannot use
> the gdbm-devel package for this.
> Since Thorsten Kukuk is unwilling to relicense ypserv to resolve the
> licensing conflict, we are left with the following options:
> * Modify compat-gdbm to have a true -devel package (this will almost
> certainly require namespacing it somehow, like "")

I like this one, since it seems to be the easiest solution from my POV.

But I don't see necessary to solve conflicts using renaming library and 
header files. I'd rather just let compat-gdbm-devel and gdbm-devel 
sub-packages to conflict (use "Conflicts:" explicitly), since it doesn't 
make sense to me to have both packages installed at the same time (base 
packages won't conflict). Then we don't have to change anything but 
"Requires:" in packages like ypserv.

Please, let me know if you see any problems when solving that this way.


> OR
> * Have the gdbm upstream relicense to something that is explicitly GPLv2
> compatible (or move back to GPLv2+).
> OR
> * Drop ypserv from Fedora entirely.
> ~tom
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