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Re: gnuplot, ignore if tired of thread

From: David Doolin
Subject: Re: gnuplot, ignore if tired of thread
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 12:53:33 -0400

>what version do you use?  libreadline and libhistory are both used at
>least with UN*X and L*NUX.
>But you have to write the '~/.inputrc' yourself if you use L*NUX from
>RedHat or SuSe.  Other systems I donn't know.

This is only partly correct.  From gnuplot-3.7/readline.c:

/* a small portable version of GNU's readline
 * this is not the BASH or GNU EMACS version of READLINE due to Copyleft 
 * restrictions
 * do not need any terminal capabilities except backspace,
 * and space overwrites a character

However, acconfig.h and several other files indicate that several 
GPL tools such as readline and plotutils can be linked during the build.

I have to admit, this is the first time I have ever seen GPL code used
this way.

And I think it's bullshit.  Might as well have the MathWorks use
libreadline as a "compile time option" in Matlab.

Anyway, I am done with this thread now.  So much for the "virality"
of the GPL.


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