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bug #52823: Review files which lack GPL license header

Submitted by:  Rik <rik5>
Submitted on:  Sat 06 Jan 2018 04:02:11 PM UTC  
Category: DocumentationSeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalItem Group: Documentation
Status: NoneAssigned to: None
Originator Name: Open/Closed: Open
Release: devOperating System: Any

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Sat 06 Jan 2018 09:54:13 PM UTC, comment #2:

I added a GPL license header to certain deserving files in this cset (http://hg.savannah.gnu.org/hgweb/octave/rev/11729ca6eb81). I took the authors and copyright date from Mercurial.

Attached is the now reduced list of 36 files for possible consideration. I don't think we need to bother much with adding the license to the metadata of images. The remaining list is mainly some HTML templates and some GUI files, such as the translation of strings. I really don't know if they "count" as code or if it makes sense to GPL these.

(file #42861)

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator
Sat 06 Jan 2018 05:03:30 PM UTC, comment #1:

It looks like it is possible to add text metadata containing a copyright notice to PNG files. I don't know that I care, but we could do it if others think it is important.

Similarly, we could add copyright notices to the following files, but I'm also OK with not having notices in them.

Makefile fragments
Example code
Test files

I don't think we control the license of these files:

FreeSans font files
QTerminal sources
GUI Icon files (SVG)
External source code in liboctave/external

I'm attaching an updated file with all of the above files removed. It's still 78 files.

(file #42860)

John W. Eaton <jwe>
Project Administrator
Sat 06 Jan 2018 04:02:11 PM UTC, original submission:

I just updated the GPL licenese header at the top of most Octave files. As part of that process I created a list of files that are under Mercurial source control, but which do not have any license header. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Image files like .png are not text files and can't have a text header.

The list should be reviewed before the next release to see if any headers need to be added. I notice that most of the sample test code in the tests/ directory does not use liceneses, although occasional files do.

Rik <rik5>
Project Administrator


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Attach File(s):

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file #42861:  no_gpl_license.v3.list added by rik5 (1KiB - application/octet-stream)
file #42860:  updated_no_gpl_license.list added by jwe (2KiB - application/octet-stream)
file #42859:  no_gpl_license.list added by rik5 (28KiB - application/octet-stream)


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    Date Changed By Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced By
    Sat 06 Jan 2018 09:54:13 PM UTCrik5Attached File-=>Added no_gpl_license.v3.list, #42861
    Sat 06 Jan 2018 05:03:30 PM UTCjweAttached File-=>Added updated_no_gpl_license.list, #42860
    Sat 06 Jan 2018 04:02:11 PM UTCrik5Attached File-=>Added no_gpl_license.list, #42859

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