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Date: 2001-06-19 (10:02)
From: Sven LUTHER <luther@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Caml toplevel and readline
On Tue, Jun 19, 2001 at 02:34:38AM +1000, John Max Skaller wrote:
> Jacques Garrigue wrote:
> > As long as you distribute the special runtime containing readline
> > separately from the toplevel, this reasoning is OK. 
> 	Hang on! I already have libreadline.
> I don't want INRIA to distribute it, just detect if I already
> have it. If I do, I would like to be able to link it in
> to the top level.
> 	Alternatively, why not build the toplevel
> with ledit?
> > But the first man making a custom toplevel is dead: 
> > having both in the same file won't do.
> 	I am the one linking it into the toplevel, not INRIA.
> It will have no impact on me, since I do not use the top
> level for producing code (only for testing the occasional
> small fragments).

Yes, it is ok to use, as long as you don't distribute it. So it is ok for you,
but not for INRIA rpms or such, nor for my debian packages :(((

Thats said, i would like such a feature a lot even if i have to rebuild the
package to have it.

> 	It's doubtful if the FSF licences mean much
> anyhow. Python uses readline by default in its top level,
> if available. There are lots of Python programs out there,
> being run with a binary with readline linked in, which
> are not licenced GPL, Python itself being an example.

Python was just released under the GPL ...

And because other people do it, doesn't mean that it is legal.


Sven Luther
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