[Python-Dev] Would GPL on python-mode.el be a problem?

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Wed Jan 28 11:59:38 EST 2004

On Wed, 2004-01-28 at 11:22, Skip Montanaro wrote:
> Not too long ago, Matthias Klose submitted an enormous patch (1370 lines) to
> python-mode.el (only 3804 lines itself):
>     https://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=875596&group_id=86916&atid=581351
> I decided to start disecting it today and immediately ran into this comment
> by Dave Love (fx at gnu.org):
>     ;; This file contains significant bits of GPL'd code, so it must be
>     ;; under the GPL.  -- fx

I saw that too, and also blissfully ignored it.

> During the python-mode project's short life, I've copied python-mode.el over
> to the Python project's Misc directory a few times.  I thought I'd better
> ask if GPL-ness would present a problem.  I have always remained blissfully
> unaware of licensing details, so I have no grasp of what the ramifications
> are.

They are, of course, of tarpit proportions. :)

I'd start by asking Dave Love for a deeper analysis of exactly which
parts of python-mode he thinks are derived from GPL'd software.


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