Should I be adding LICENSE info to my ports?

Charlie Kester corky1951 at
Wed Jan 26 10:08:20 UTC 2011

On Wed 26 Jan 2011 at 01:13:50 PST Emanuel Haupt wrote:
>Sahil Tandon <sahil at> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2011-01-25 at 16:17:29 -0800, Charlie Kester wrote:
>> > Today on FreshPorts I see some bulk commits adding LICENSE info to
>> > 40+ ports. And I've noticed LICENSE being added in many other recent
>> > commits.
>> Right, ehaupt@ updated several of his ports to include LICENSE.
>I was very reluctant to do so but now that the license framework has
>been around for some time I thought I give it a go.
>As Sahil pointed out it's entirely up to you. Better have no license
>specified if you're not sure about it. You can not always trust the
>included COPYING file. There are many cases where a port comes with
>several different licenses. I found that cross checking with different
>linux distros could often bring some clarification.

Good tips, thanks.  There's also often some licensing info in the
author's manpage, website, or other documentation.

I'm not going to submit a flurry of PR's to add this to all my ports,
but I will begin gathering the info so I can include it as part of any
other updates.

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