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Re: JTAG debug support for ARM

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Meissner <>
To: Peter Reilley <>
Cc: <>
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2001 8:06 PM
Subject: Re: JTAG debug support for ARM

>On Thu, Jan 25, 2001 at 06:07:38PM -0500, Peter Reilley wrote:
>> I do not believe that there is any question of legality.   Gdb
>> is commonly used with libraries that are not available as
>> source.   For example; running it on Solaris, etc.   What
>> about if I bought the accelerated X server that Red Hat
>> sold.   Must I not run gdb?
>Quoting from section 3 of the GPL:
> The source code for a work means the preferred form of the work for
> making modifications to it.  For an executable work, complete source
> code means all the source code for all modules it contains, plus any
> associated interface definition files, plus the scripts used to
> control compilation and installation of the executable.  However, as a
> special exception, the source code distributed need not include
> anything that is normally distributed (in either source or binary
> form) with the major components (compiler, kernel, and so on) of the
> operating system on which the executable runs, unless that component
> itself accompanies the executable.
>So the answer is you can run GDB providing it was linked against system
>libraries, even if you do not have source for those libraries.

Is short, we conform.   Do you want more examples?   Are we
going to play with the definition of "library" and "system".

>> The Linux community recognizes that to win in the public
>> arena some software will not be GPL'ed.   Indeed, most
>> people actively encourage commercial software to be
>> ported to Linux.
>However, the Free Software Foundation does have the rights to control
>it writes (or is assigned to it).  If you don't like the controls, you are
>not to use the software.  You are not free to do something with GPL
>that goes against the owners wishes (ie, link with non-GPL software that
>provided with the major components of the system).
>> I have written GLP'ed software and I have written commercial
>> software.  This project gives me the opportunity to give to the Linux
>> community something that previously was only available
>> under Windows.
>It is GPL, not GLP.

Yes, a typo.


>Michael Meissner, Red Hat, Inc.  (GCC group)
>PMB 198, 174 Littleton Road #3, Westford, Massachusetts 01886, USA
>Work: phone: +1 978-486-9304
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