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

Travis Willard travis at archlinux.org
Fri Feb 22 13:36:38 EST 2008

On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 11:50 AM, Xavi Soler <xavi at interrupciones.net> wrote:
> 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.

A waste of time we've already done.  We know which packages don't have
licenses - we even have a huge todo list of them.  We'll get to them
at some point.

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