[Rd] License status of CRAN packages

Ben Goodrich goodrich at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Apr 23 23:30:13 CEST 2009

Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Ben Goodrich <goodrich at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>> Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd <at> debian.org> writes:
>>> As a non-exhautive list with possible misclassifications, cran2deb currently
>>> has these packasges as 'maybe not free' and does not build them:
>>>      BARD,BayesDA,CoCo,ConvCalendar,FAiR,PTAk,RScaLAPACK,Rcsdp,SDDA,SGP,
>>>      alphahull,ash,asypow,caMassClass,gpclib,mapproj,matlab,mclust,mclust02,
>>>      mlbench,optmatch,rankreg,realized,rngwell19937,rtiff,rwt,scagnostics,
>>>      sgeostat,spatialkernel,tlnise,xgobi
>> Small point: FAiR is free. The file LICENSE thing just clarifies that most of
>> the code is AGPL but a couple files can't be included under the AGPL and are
>> plain GPL. As far as I can see, R does not give me the option of saying so in a
>> "standard" way, e.g. putting License: AGPL (>= 3) in the DESCRIPTION file would
>> only be 95% accurate and putting License: AGPL (>= 3) | GPL (>= 3) is misleading.
> How about "
> License: AGPL except for 2 GPL files

If that would make anyone's life easier without making anyone else's
life harder, I would be happy to put that in the DESCRIPTION file. I
have been doing file LICENSE because it parses on


and people can click to the LICENSE link to read the details if they are
interested. But maybe that is not optimal. Dirk?


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