License issue with xmltooling packaging

Ferenc Wagner wferi at
Sun May 25 20:41:18 UTC 2008

Russ Allbery <rra at> writes:

> 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.)

Hi Russ,

First of all thank you very much for the review and even more for your
fixes.  The packaging GPL license is simply the dh_make template, I'm
not attached to it at all, feel free to place my work into the public
domain if you prefer.  The Apache 2.0 or the BSD license is fine as
well.  I'd copy your copyleft from the xml-security-c package, if you

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