On Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:35:01 -0700 Chuck Swiger (cswi...@mac.com) replied: >On Oct 10, 2009, at 9:34 AM, Jerry wrote: >> On Sat, 10 Oct 2009 10:53:35 -0400 >> Lowell Gilbert (freebsd-questions-lo...@be-well.ilk.org) replied: >>> Unfortunately, it's under an unacceptable license. >> >> I was not aware of that. What is the problem? > >Somewhere around binutils-2.17, it switched to using GPLv3. > >> Perhaps, if it is not all >> ready available, the FreeBSD developers can devise some directive to >> place in the '/etc/make.conf' file that would force the use of the >> 'port' version instead if it was available in a fashion similar to >> what >> is done with OpenSSL; i.e. "WITH_OPENSSL_PORT=yes". Perhaps, >> "WITH_BINUTILS_PORT=yes". > >That's not a bad idea, although you can likely export PREFIX=/usr and >install the binutils port, and get the desired result.
The only problem with that is that it would get over written when updating 'world'. I am not sure if a user could exclude binutils from being installed when building world. Nor, am I certain that it would not cause a problem somewhere down the line. I don't like messing with system files. In any case, the FreeBSD developers are going to eventually develop a working relationship with software written using the GPLv3 license. -- Jerry ges...@yahoo.com A widow is more sought after than an old maid of the same age. Addison _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"