svn commit: r344487 - in head/sys: conf gnu/gcov

Shawn Webb shawn.webb at
Tue Feb 26 15:46:16 UTC 2019

On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 06:18:42PM -0800, Rodney W. Grimes wrote:
> > > The modest increase in activation energy for that task seems worth it
> > > for the short-term gains of reduced integration cost (this code will
> > > greatly improve our ZFS-on-Linux test coverage.)
> > >
> > > Rod rightly points out that we haven't accepted SPDX tags alone as
> > > license statements.  The standard GPL v2.0 boiler plate should be added
> > > to this file along side the tag.
> > 
> > I've copied the full copyright attribution that is in the
> > corresponding files on Linux. Is there some reason why FreeBSD
> > requires the files to be inflated with the full license text where the
> > original lacks it?
> I think for a few reasons, I doubt you copied the whole distribution
> that this file came from, as I am sure that distribution included
> a LICENSE file.  Second if you actually read the GPL v2 documentation
> and follow what it says it says you must do this, just because some
> one else does not follow the rules of what the GPL v2 says does not
> give us to knowingling not do it.  Third this is a particular dangerious
> area for BSD to be mixing a GPL code with its kernel, to my knowlege
> we have never had any gpl code in the kernel, no have we ever
> allowed it, but thats a seperate argument, that should be made.

Would the arm64 DTS/DTB files count as "GPL code in the kernel?"

I, too, would like less GPL in project, both in userland in kernel.
But, I can understand the desire for gcov. Note that I'm not
advocating either way that FreeBSD perform an action. ;)


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