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Subject: Re: [hwloc-devel] [mpich-core] libpci: GPL
From: Samuel Thibault (samuel.thibault_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-02-05 18:27:35


Pavan Balaji, le Wed 06 Feb 2013 00:07:10 +0100, a écrit :
>
> On 02/05/2013 04:52 PM US Central Time, Pavan Balaji wrote:
> > If libpci was disabled by default, would hwloc still come under the same
> > GPL issue?
>
> I realized that wasn't very clear. Let me rephrase -- if libpci was
> disabled (either by default or a configure argument), would hwloc still
> be considered "tainted". I'd think not.

What matters is the resulting binary. If libpci is linked in, the result
is GPL. If it isn't, the result remains BSD. The former however does
not change the fact that the source code is provided under BSD. It's
the person who does the compilation which needs to be aware of the
licence of the result. We don't provide binaries linked against libpci,
so we don't strictly have to care.

Samuel