[webkit-dev] question re: including some python-licensed code into the tree

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Tue Jan 18 22:11:00 PST 2011

In the past, we've used autoinstall to make use of library code that
doesn't have a compatible license, assuming that the library is freely
distributed on the Internet.  However, that approach does not seem
appropriate for this particular use.


On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 3:59 PM, Dirk Pranke <dpranke at chromium.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> In the course of working on new-run-webkit-tests, I find myself
> needing to implement a variant of some code normally provided in the
> Python standard library. Attempting to implement this in a clean room
> manner will be painful and nonobvious, so I'd just as soon just
> cut&paste the relevant code over and modify it. However, doing so
> would require me to include the appropriate license info, and I'm told
> that the PSF license may not necessarily be already approved for
> inclusion into the tree.
> Anyone have any thoughts on this? The code in question is the
> implementation of the os.walk() routine (about 10 lines of code),
> which needs to be emulated using an in-memory implementation of a
> filesystem that uses a dictionary of files. the PSF license is here:
> http://docs.python.org/license.html . It is GPL-compatible but more
> liberal.
> -- Dirk
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