The file program is currently under an almost- BSD license. It is now maintained by
Christos Zoulas (a NetBSD developer).
Check the cvs repo and you will see something like the following (this is from
Copyright (c) Ian F. Darwin 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995.
Software written by Ian F. Darwin and others; maintained by Christos Zoulas.
$FreeBSD: src/usr.bin/file/LEGAL.NOTICE,v 1.4 1999/08/28 01:00:53 peter Exp $
This software (or derivative software) may not be made subject to any
license which denies anyone permission to alter it and redistribute it
freely. Derivative software must also still fall under this license.
This software is not subject to any export provision of the United States
Department of Commerce, and may be exported to any country or planet.
Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose on
any computer system, and to alter it and redistribute it freely, subject
to the following restrictions:
1. The author is not responsible for the consequences of use of this
software, no matter how awful, even if they arise from flaws in it.
2. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented, either by
explicit claim or by omission. Since few users ever read sources,
credits must appear in the documentation.
3. Altered versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be
misrepresented as being the original software. Since few users
ever read sources, credits must appear in the documentation.
Derivative works must also be marked as such, and credits must appear
in the documentation.
4. This notice may not be removed or altered.
On Wed, Dec 06, 2000 at 06:43:45PM +0800, Andrew Shugg wrote:
> Jonathan Moran said:
> > Even more interesting, from the file man page:
> > LEGAL NOTICE
> > Copyright (c) Ian F. Darwin, Toronto, Canada, 1986, 1987,
> > 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993.
> > This software is not subject to and may not be made sub
> > ject to any license of the American Telephone and Tele
> > graph Company, Sun Microsystems Inc., Digital Equipment
> > Inc., Lotus Development Inc., the Regents of the Univer
> > sity of California, The X Consortium or MIT, or The Free
> > Software Foundation.
> > For the era, Mr. Darwin leaves no stone unturned. As a whole, the the
> > license is closer to a BSD one then anything else.
> > Jonathan Moran
> Interesting... I had simply assumed that the 'file' program we all know
> was the GNU implimentation of the System V command, but it appears to be
> some other chap's implimentation of it. Odd that there isn't an FSF one
> too. *scratches head*
> Anyone able to determine whether its licensing makes it incompatible for
> modified inclusion with BSD-licensed software?
> Andrew Shugg <andrew@...> http://www.neep.com.au/
> "Just remember, Mr Fawlty, there's always someone worse off than yourself."
> "Is there? Well I'd like to meet him. I could do with a good laugh."
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