gwc in debian (copyright issue)

Jaromír Mikeš mira.mikes at
Sun Mar 6 21:09:49 UTC 2011

>> From: Jaromír Mikeš <mira.mikes at>

>> Hi Jeffrey,
>> I am taking over gwc package in debian and having some
>> license concerns:
>> 1) chbevl.c file has this statement
>> Cephes Math Library Release 2.0:  April, 1987
>> Copyright 1985, 1987 by Stephen L. Moshier
>> Direct inquiries to 30 Frost Street, Cambridge, MA 02140
>> Interpreting of such text can be as "I own this, please
>> contact me in
>> any case!".
>> You probably did not intend such interpretation.
>> Can you please add explicit licensing statement to this
>> file.
>> best regards
>> mira

2011/3/6 jeff welty <weltyj at>:
> Hi Mira,
> Thanks for catching that.  There is a README attached to the original tar archive that clearly indicates the source code may be used freely, this was 1990, long before the open source copyrights started to be written and understood.  Here is the README:
> ---
>   Some software in this archive may be from the book _Methods and
> Programs for Mathematical Functions_ (Prentice-Hall, 1989) or
> from the Cephes Mathematical Library, a commercial product. In
> either event, it is copyrighted by the author.  What you see here
> may be used freely but it comes with no support or guarantee.
>   The two known misprints in the book are repaired here in the
> source listings for the gamma function and the incomplete beta
> integral.
>   Stephen L. Moshier
>   moshier at
> ---
> If I place the text of this readme in the source files chbelv.c, i0.c and i1.c, will that meet your needs?
> Best regards,
> Jef


above is response from upstream, I was asking  to solve issue in chbevl.c file.
Would be suggested solution good enough for us?

Can this note in README file solve issue in meschach library?



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