Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 244166
Berkeley DB's license specified incorrectly in RPM License field
Last modified: 2013-07-02 19:21:30 EDT
Description of problem:
The db4-22.214.171.124.fc7 RPM's license is specified as being "BSD-style".
"BSD-style" licenses allow incorporation of a package into other proprietary
packages. This does not reflect Berkeley DB's license. Versions of Berkeley DB
prior to v2.0 are, according to Wikipedia, under a license that looks something
like the BSD license with some GPL additions. Versions at and above 2.0 are
available under a commercial license (currently available from Oracle) or under
the Sleepycat Public License (
http://opensource.feratech.com/licenses/sleepycat.php ), which is rather like a
strict GPL -- any software package that so much as uses this package must also
provide source code.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):126.96.36.199.fc7
How reproducible:rpm -qi db4 and look at the License field
Steps to Reproduce:
1.rpm -qi db4
Expected results:"Sleepycat License"
The BSD-style license was suggested by Red Hat legal department and therefore I
won't change it since I'm not a lawier.