[Haskell-cafe] [Cabal-devel] Cabal && license combinations

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 10 16:22:41 CET 2011

On Thu, 2011-02-10 at 12:44 +0100, Stefan Kersten wrote:
> On 10.02.11 12:12, Duncan Coutts wrote:
> > We are already working on a feature that will show the full set of
> > licenses that the end user must comply with (a patch has been submitted
> > and it's been through one round of review so far). In your example that
> > would mean you expect the set to be {BSD} but the tool will show you
> > that it is in fact {BSD, GPL}. You can then use that as your warning
> > that the set of licenses is not what you expected.
> that would be quite useful for those who want to distribute executables!
> may i also suggest the following feature: collect all the copyright notices and
> license files from each dependency (many licenses require those to be displayed
> and distributed along with the executable) and optionally bundle them with the
> applicaton's data-files? i briefly looked into this, but couldn't find a way to
> retrieve the installed License-File from ~/.cabal using Cabal. doing this by
> hand turns out to be quite tedious when there are many dependencies ...

Right, that feature was also in the patch. From experience I know that
this would indeed be very useful (I've also had to do it manually).


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