[Samba] Samba 3.0.37 license confusion

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Tue Aug 19 02:27:51 MDT 2014

On Tue, 2014-08-19 at 08:55 +0200, Volker Lendecke wrote:
> 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?

I had this come up at a previous employer, and in September 2011 I got
this patch approved by the copyright holders on our private list. 

I don't see any indication of this making it into the GIT tree or a
release tarball, probably because 3.0 is no longer supported in any
fashion, but perhaps it should go on


Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                       http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team  http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Catalyst IT          http://catalyst.net.nz/services/samba

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