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Re: [Chicken-hackers] Re: Backdoor GPL in message-digest

From: Peter Bex
Subject: Re: [Chicken-hackers] Re: Backdoor GPL in message-digest
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:50:26 +0200
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On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 01:44:48PM -0700, Kon Lovett wrote:
> In the "format-compiler-base" used by "error-utils" in "check-errors"  
> situation nothing got linked, only packaged. Unless "errorf" is  
> actually used then no linkage occurs. (And, at the time, the only  
> module using "errorf" was "simple-units".)
> I'm just saying that in the "check-errors" package none of the other  
> modules were actually exposed to the contagion from the GPL tainted  
> "error-utils".

That may or may not be the case, but I think it's important to be
crystal clear in these matters.  For us hackers it's confusing, but
for companies it's probably a deal-breaker since they'd have to put
expensive lawyers on figuring out if that's indeed the case.

Anyway, thanks for fixing it so quickly!

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 is especially attractive, not only because it can be economically
 and scientifically rewarding, but also because it can be an aesthetic
 experience much like composing poetry or music."
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