Drop of portindex

Mark Linimon linimon at lonesome.com
Wed Sep 15 18:57:57 PDT 2004

On Wednesday 15 September 2004 07:43 pm, Gary Kline wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 15, 2004 at 05:56:15PM -0600, Robin Schoonover wrote:
> > I think we may want to record what the license for the port is in the
> > Makefile.  For example:
> >
> >
> > If multiple parts are somehow under multiple licenses, we could also do:
> >

This was discussed recently and the majority opinion was that the default
setting of these Makevars would be 'stale'.  In addition, a few people were
concerned that we might be making an implied guarantee about the state
of the licenses.

My personal opinion is that we shouldn't try to create a mechanism to
enforce policy based on a small number of unusual cases.  (ISTR someone
else asking for something in src/ to be removed some time ago, but such
things are relatively rare).

But there's no argument that port committers should be checking licenses
for new ports to make sure that we can redistribute them.  Also, any
software author really ought to consider making her or his license
unambiguous from the first hack attempt.  (Yes, I follow my own advice
here -- each file in portsmon was tagged BSDL from the beginning.)


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