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#28 requires non-free software for searching

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2002-01-23
2001-11-14
Anonymous
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On your front page you suggest Glimpse, which is
horridly non-free:
http://www.arco.de/~kj/harvest/glimpse-license-status

This program is GPL, so a user might assume that it's
dependancies are GPL.

Please provide hooks for Swish-E http://swish-e.org/ or
Swish++
http://homepage.mac.com/pauljlucas/software/swish/
which are GPL replacements.
If I am in error and this feature allready exists in
lxr, please change the content of http://lxr.linux.no/
to suggest Swish-E or Swish++.

I might note that I caught this as a part of our
department's implementation of Bugzilla (bonsai uses
lxr) which is a mission-critical application for
development here, and now that we know that Glimpse has
*never* been in the public domain (the source we found
had a misleading copyright file) we need to find a
replacement or pay up before the audit rolls around.

Discussion

  • Malcolm Box
    Malcolm Box
    2001-11-14

    • priority: 5 --> 9
     
  • Malcolm Box
    Malcolm Box
    2001-11-14

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    I agree, depending on non-free software for a tool like LXR
    is not a good thing. Moving over to one of the free
    alternatives is on the to-do list.

    If you wanted to go ahead and provide the hooks for a
    replacement, I'd be very happy to incorporate the patch in
    the LXR.

     
  • Rusty Carruth
    Rusty Carruth
    2001-11-14

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    There *is* a version of glimpse (I think around 4.0) which
    does
    not require a fee. This is the version we are using. A
    temporary workaround would be to grab that version and use
    it while
    'someone' is fixing lxr to use the free alternative.

    (We found that version of glimpse by looking around on the
    'net till we found it.)

    rc

     
  • Malcolm Box
    Malcolm Box
    2001-11-17

    • assigned_to: nobody --> mbox
     
  • Malcolm Box
    Malcolm Box
    2001-11-28

    • assigned_to: mbox --> argggh
     
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    The thread at the following URL provides some background
    information on the possibility of using swish++

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/swish/message/538

    Cheers,

    Neil.

     
  • Malcolm Box
    Malcolm Box
    2002-01-23

    • status: open --> closed
     
  • Malcolm Box
    Malcolm Box
    2002-01-23

    • priority: 9 --> 5
    • status: closed --> closed-fixed