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Bug #34152 ext/dbase considered non-free by debian
Submitted: 2005-08-16 15:58 UTC Modified: 2005-08-17 16:14 UTC
From: dmorissette at dmsolutions dot ca Assigned:
Status: Not a bug Package: dBase related
PHP Version: 4.3.11 OS: debian Linux
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2005-08-16 15:58 UTC] dmorissette at dmsolutions dot ca
The DBF package used by the ext/dbase extension is considered non-free according to Debian's distribution policies, quite likely because the license is limited to non-commercial use.

Is the PHP dev't team aware of the issue, and are there any plans to switch to a more free xbase package? Or maybe the author coould be contacted to ask if he would be willing to open up the license to remove the non-commercial limitation?

Here is the full license text of the DBF package:

 DBF - xbase manipulation package
 Copyright (c) Brad Eacker, 1991, 1992, 1993

 Permission is granted to distribute and use the source,
 documentation files and/or compiled binaries associated with dbf
 for non-commercial use. No charges may be made for such

 This notice and a all documentation must be passed along with
 all distributed copies.

 No responsibility is taken for any errors or inaccuracies
 inherent either to the documentation or the code for this
 program, but, if reported to me, an attempt will be made to fix

  Author: Brad Eacker


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 [2005-08-16 16:11 UTC]
This is obviously not a bug in PHP. Take up those issues with
 [2005-08-17 16:14 UTC] dmorissette at dmsolutions dot ca
For the record, I contacted and got the following reply:

Rasmus Lerdorf wrote:
> I don't feel like wasting any cycles on this.  It should have been moved
> to PECL long ago anyway.  But as far as Debian is concerned, just don't
> distribute it if it violates your policies.  It's very much an optional
> component that certainly isn't enabled by default.
> -Rasmus
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