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patches welcome

Hi all,

After some discussion with Red Hat legal and the current committers we
finally have a contributor policy in place for elfutils so Red Hat
doesn't have to hold all rights to the project. We made the following

- The official project name changed from "Red Hat elfutils" to plain
- The license for the backends and the libraries changed from GPLv2 +
  exception to GPLv2/LGPLv3+. The license for the standalone tools was
  upgraded from GPLv2 to GPLv3+.
- All future commits should carry a Signed-off-by line to confirm that
  the contributor agrees to the project licensing rules described in the
  Developer's Certificate of Origin. All authors keep their own

Below is the commit message that implements the above changes and
attached is the new CONTRIBUTING file that includes the Developer's
Certificate of Origin all contributors need to agree to by signing their
patches with a Signed-off-by line (git -s).

The changes were also merged into the portable, robustify, relocate and
dwarf branches. Please let us know if you think you spot a mistake or we
missed something.

My plan is to do an elfutils 0.154 release next week with the above
changes and the accumulated fixes since 0.153 after running some tests
on various setups. Please let me know if you have any bugs that need to
be fixed before doing a release.



commit de2ed97f33139af5c7a0811e4ec66fc896a13cf2
Author: Mark Wielaard <>
Date:   Tue Jun 5 17:15:16 2012 +0200

    Update name, license and contributor policy.
    * Change name from "Red Hat elfutils" to "elfutils".
    * Update license of standalone tools and test from GPLv2 to GPLv3+.
    * Change license of libraries from GPLv2+exception to GPLv2/LGPLv3+.
    * Add Developer Certificate of Origin based contributor policy.
    - COPYING: Upgraded from GPLv2 to GPLv3.
    - NEWS: Added note about new contribution and license policy.
    - Updated to GPLv3, added new files to EXTRA_DIST.
    - Update to GPLv3, changed AC_INIT name to 'elfutils'.
    backends, lib, libasm, libcpu, libdw, libdwfl, libebl, libelf:
    - All files updated to GPLv2/LGPLv3+. Except some very small files
      (<5 lines) which didn't have any headers at all before, the linker
      .maps files and the libcpu/defs files which only contain data and
      libelf/elf.h which comes from glibc and is under LGPLv2+.
    - Add new License: headers and new %doc files.
    - Update all license headers to GPLv2/LGPLv3+ for files used by libs.
    src, tests:
    - All files updated to GPLv3+. Except for the test bz2 data files, the
      linker maps and script files and some very small files (<5 lines)
      that don't have any headers.
    Signed-off-by: Richard Fontana <>
    Signed-off-by: Mark Wielaard <>

The project homepage is at

The current elfutils source code can be checked out with
git clone git://

The developer mailinglist to send patches to is

Please supply patches using git format-patch or using git send-email.

Sign your work

To facilitate tracking of who did what, we've adopted a "sign-off"
procedure for patches based on the procedure used by the Linux kernel

The sign-off is a simple line at the end of the explanation for the
patch, which certifies that you wrote it or otherwise have the right
to pass it on as a patch under an appropriate license. The rules are
pretty simple: if you can certify the below:

        Developer's Certificate of Origin

        By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

	(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me,
	    and I have the right to submit the contribution under each
	    license indicated in, or otherwise designated as being
	    applicable to, the file.

        (b) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
            person who certified (a), and I have not modified it.

        (c) I understand and agree that the project and the
            contribution are public and that a record of the
            contribution (including all personal information I submit
            with it, including my sign-off) is maintained indefinitely
            and may be redistributed.

then you just add a line saying

Signed-off-by: Random J Developer <>

using your real name (sorry, no pseudonyms or anonymous contributions.)

git commit --signoff will add such a Signed-off-by line by at the end of
the commit log message for you.

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