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

Rodney W. Grimes freebsd at
Tue Feb 26 16:27:43 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. ;)

Didnt we just remove an inbase, compiling BSD licensed chunk of
code called DRM and move it to ports.  So if that was possible
this should be very rapidly applied here and this issue goes away.

I am still shaking my head over this one.  Yes, there is some
expediance to this.  Also could it not live on a project
branch?  Like.. um.. the ZoL project branch?

> Thanks,
> Shawn Webb

Rod Grimes                                                 rgrimes at

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