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#11 Issues about the source distribution of chessdb

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2007-08-22
2007-04-08
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The source distribution of ChessDB, for example the lastest release ChessDB-3.6.15.tar.gz, includes software from other projects. I understand that this software should not be distributed under ChessDB if it hasn't have been modified by the project. The README or INSTALL should include information about which software is necesary to install chessdb and which software is recommended to play chessdb.

Some of this software is that i found is:

* engines/phalanx
* src/zlib (it's necesary that the user has zlib to compile chessdb but this is a requirement to check by the configure process)

By other side, there is a lack of information about the copyright and license of some parts of ChessDB: bitmaps, bitmaps2, sounds, ...

In my opinion these issues are important to simplify the build process, minimize the size of the tar.gz file and to avoid legal issues.

Thanks,

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    Sorry I did not reply earlier - I have not checked the forum and assumed I would be mailed of posts, but obviously not.

    If it is convenient for me to distribute the code with ChessDB and the licence allow is, I see no reason it can not be distributed with ChessDB's source code.

    The zlib source is included, but this is perfectly allowed by the zlib licence - see http://www.zlib.net/zlib_license.html It can be distributed - in fact, it is not even necessary for me to acknowledge it, although of course I do.

    Whilst UNIX systems usually have the zlib library, this is not so on Windows, so it would be difficult to build on Windows without including the code.

    bitmaps and bitmaps2 came with Scid, which is GPL'ed. Shane Hudson created those.

    The phalanx engine has been removed.

    I don't believe removing zlib would simplify the build process - one Windows it would make it significantly more difficult and on UNIX it would save only a few ms in time.

    I accept that removing the zlib source would reduce the download size, but only by 79 kB, so not really a big issue.

     
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    Sorry I did not reply earlier - I have not checked the forum and assumed I would be mailed of posts, but obviously not.

    If it is convenient for me to distribute the code with ChessDB and the licence allow is, I see no reason it can not be distributed with ChessDB's source code.

    The zlib source is included, but this is perfectly allowed by the zlib licence - see http://www.zlib.net/zlib_license.html It can be distributed - in fact, it is not even necessary for me to acknowledge it, although of course I do.

    Whilst UNIX systems usually have the zlib library, this is not so on Windows, so it would be difficult to build on Windows without including the code.

    bitmaps and bitmaps2 came with Scid, which is GPL'ed. Shane Hudson created those.

    The phalanx engine has been removed.

    I don't believe removing zlib would simplify the build process - one Windows it would make it significantly more difficult and on UNIX it would save only a few ms in time.

    I accept that removing the zlib source would reduce the download size, but only by 79 kB, so not really a big issue.

     
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