[arch-general] Packages without license field in official repos

Xavi Soler xavi at interrupciones.net
Fri Feb 22 11:50:34 EST 2008

My intention is to know the number of non-free packages installed on my 
system. In Debian I can use 'vrms' [1]. I think Arch has nothing similar, but 
I can start programming an application like 'vrms' (maybe using libalpm or 
calling pacman directly).

My first test has been typing:

$ pacman -Q | pacman -Qi | less

and reading carefully the license fields: most (BSDs and MITs specially) 
say 'custom'. The big problem I've found is that, quite often, I read the 
word 'none' there, but I can't understant how can it happen in packages 
stored in official repos. There are a lot of packages without license field.

I could do a heavy research to know which packages include a license field and 
which don't, and then warn their mantainers. But it would be a waste of time.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrms


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