[rrd-developers] License problem with php pecl extension and debian

Tobias Oetiker tobi at oetiker.ch
Mon Nov 14 14:37:19 CET 2011

Hi Miroslav,

Today Miroslav Kubelík wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm maintainer of php pecl rrd http://pecl.php.net/package/rrd. I have the
> question about licensing. Pecl rrd packege in under PHP license, which is
> compatible with RRD license and PECL policy. But I got a request from some
> debian guy, that the PHP license isn't permitted for new debian packages,
> hence if we want to have pecl rrd php extension in debian I need to change
> license. What do you suggest me?
> I want to stay the extension in the PECL for manual and tooling
> integration with PHP project itself.
> I can switch the license to BSD type - see
> http://pecl.php.net/account-request.php, but I don't know if it's
> compatible with the rrd itself.

I am not a lawyer, I can just tell you this:

rrdtool is gpl v2 (or later) licensed, and there are exceptions
granted where linking with another oss tool requires this as long
as the spirit of the gpl licensing of rrdtool is not compromised.


> Miroslav Kubelík
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