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

Xavi Soler xavi at interrupciones.net
Fri Feb 22 16:40:20 EST 2008

On Friday 22 February 2008 19:36:38 Travis Willard wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 11:50 AM, Xavi Soler <xavi at interrupciones.net> 
> > 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.

I was talking about packages that have a known license but it is not in the 
PKGBUILD. For example, acpi is a GPL program in [extra] which don't have a 
licence field in its PKGBUILD.


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