Linking GPL3 code with IPL? (Was: afs_syscall (Samba as a client of OpenAFS))

idra at idra at
Mon Oct 6 14:00:22 GMT 2008

On Sun, Oct 05, 2008 at 10:41:06PM +0200, G?mes G?za wrote:
> Hi,
> I've built up a patch (attachment 3658 to bug 5799 on samba bugzilla)
> which makes fake-kaserver and vfs-afsacl work again.
> But the patched configure makes smbd, net and maybe other binaries link
> with libsys.a in order to communicate with the openafs kernel code. The
> question is what are the legal consequences, are the binaries
> distributable et all?

Apparently the IBM Public License is considered incompatible with the
GPL by the FSF. I am not sure how updated this assesment is, maybe you
can query the FSF to see if the IPL version used by OpenAFS is
compatible with GPLv3, otherwise I would tend to avoid the linking.


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