License issue with xmltooling packaging

Russ Allbery rra at
Sun May 25 03:17:20 UTC 2008


In reviewing the packaging for xmltooling to get ready for an upload, now
that xml-security-c 1.4 has finally cleared new, I noticed:

| The Debian packaging is (C) 2008, Ferenc Wágner <wferi at> and
| is licensed under the GPL, see `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL'.

Currently, this is probably not a problem since that packaging doesn't
include any changes linked with the resulting binaries (except for the
ostream fix, but it's too small to be copyrightable), but the GPL is
incompatible with the Apache 2.0 license the package is covered under and
this is something of a landmine should we add Debian-specific patches or
the like.

Would you be willing to use a compatible license?  Personally, I usually
just put packaging work into the public domain, but the Apache 2.0 license
or the BSD license would also work.

(Also, as a side note, the above doesn't specify which version of the GPL
the packaging is covered under, which usually isn't a good idea.)

Russ Allbery (rra at               <>

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