[Samba] Samba 3.0.37 license confusion

Volker Lendecke Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE
Tue Aug 19 00:55:31 MDT 2014

On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 02:37:05PM +0800, Ronnie Zheng wrote:
> Hello Jeremy and samba maintainers,
> I am using Samba 3.0.37 and I am confused about the license.
> On one hand both the COPYING file in the 3.0.37 tarball and your
> website indicates that version 3.0.37 is GPLv2.
> http://news.samba.org/announcements/samba_gplv3/
> On the other hand, in the 3.0.37 tarball, there are many files with
> GPLv3 headers without any exception. For instance, several file in
> source/client directory.
> So my question is if it is released under GPLv2, why there are so many
> GPLv3 license only files ?

With a quick scan I found source/client/mount.cifs.c,
source/client/mount.h and source/client/mtab.c. All three
comprise the mount.cifs helper program to mount Linux
cifs.ko file systems. Yes, that program might be v3, but
Samba proper is v2+. I have not found evidence they are
linked together as shipped by Samba.

What other files did you find to be v3?



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