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Re: Distribution terms
- X-seq: zsh-workers 2083
- From: Zoltan Hidvegi <hzoli@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: schaefer@xxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Distribution terms
- Date: Tue, 27 Aug 1996 21:25:28 +0200 (MET DST)
- Cc: gjb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, zsh-workers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- In-reply-to: <960827082850.ZM7886@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> from Bart Schaefer at "Aug 27, 96 08:28:50 am"
- Organization: Dept. of Comp. Sci., Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary
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> } Do you, Zoltan, or does anyone else know where I can find explicit
> } distribution terms for Zsh. I've looked the usual places, and not found
> } any information. I'm asking permission of the FSF to use the bit of
> } color_ls in zsh, but we need to let them know the distribution policy.
> Before you go through that hassle, perhaps we should have (a) a statement
> from Zoltan on whether he thinks the patches are worth including in the
> first place, and (b) a discussion on zsh-workers about that statement.
As Richard wrote the copyright policy can be found in each C source file.
I'll extract it to a separate COPYING file and add that that copiright
notice holds for all included file except where there is a different
copyright note in the file (i.e. COPYING will say that zsh is copyrighted
by P.F. but Makefiles, configure.in etc. are copyrighted by Richard. I do
not know who copyrights the texinfo documentation. It comes mostly from
the manual so PF maybe. I do not know anything about copyright law. If
one expert could write a good COPYING file based on the comments in C files
and the general ideas above I would happily include it in the distribution.
And about colorizes lists: first there will be a zsh-3.0.1 release. It
will definitely not be added before that. And in zsh-3.1 we have to find
out a portable way to use dynamically loadable modules. After that anyone
can write a plug-in for zsh and can implement any feature he wants. But
such features should not blow up zsh. It would be a good idea to better
modularise the existing zsh code, make a few things optional (fo rexample
zle and completion). I do not know how much is the ovehead caused by a big
executable. When zsh is used as a scipt interpreter on a demand-paged
system only the parts necessary run a script will be loaded so it may not
give any real improvement.
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