bin/98911: getopt(1): getopt.c license issue

Bruce Cran bruce at
Sun May 4 22:00:10 UTC 2008

The following reply was made to PR bin/98911; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Bruce Cran <bruce at>
To: bug-followup at, jmc at
Subject: Re: bin/98911: getopt(1): getopt.c license issue
Date: Sun, 04 May 2008 22:50:05 +0100

 Since this issue was raised in June 2006 NetBSD added a header at the 
 top of getopt.c:
   * This material, written by Henry Spencer, was released by him
   * into the public domain and is thus not subject to any copyright.
 The FreeBSD man page for getopt(1) does record Henry as the author, but 
 the README in src/usr.bin/getopt is possibly misleading.  The original 
 message can be seen through Google Groups at and it 
 appears clear that Ian Darwin isn't claiming he wrote getopt but that 
 he'd found it and was posting a copy of it for others to see.  In 
 particular, note that the History section remained intact and attributed 
 Henry as the original author.

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