Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 489830
Review Request: figlet - FIGlet is a program for making large letters out of ordinary text
Last modified: 2012-05-10 10:59:36 EDT
Spec URL: http://rayvd.fedorapeople.org/figlet/figlet.spec
SRPM URL: http://rayvd.fedorapeople.org/figlet/figlet-2.2.2-1.src.rpm
FIGlet is a program for making large letters out of ordinary text
Can't believe this isn't already in Fedora. License appears to be OK?
There have been significant license issues in the past. Did check the previous attempt, bug 454917? Has the license on the offending code changed?
(In reply to comment #2)
> There have been significant license issues in the past. Did check the previous
> attempt, bug 454917? Has the license on the offending code changed?
Oops, guess throwing 'figlet' in the search box wasn't enough. I'm betting whatever licensing issues existed before still do. I saw Academic and figured it was OK. Will confirm. Silly licensing... :-)
Definitely looks like the routines to decompress compressed font files are under an incompatible license. I want to look into the following:
* Contact author mentioned in these files to see if he'd consider relicensing
the code (if possible).
* Contact upstream (if they're even active) and get their thoughts. I'd think
either we don't care so much about compressed font files anymore, or could
switch to using unzip routines from somewhere else.
That failing, looks like rpmrepo might be the place for this.
Posted this to the figlet mailing list.
you should copy paste your mail. just for members :-(
Good idea. Forgot the list was private.
Posted to figlet mailing list:
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:28:28 -0700 From: Ray Van Dolson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [FIGlet] Licensing issues with figlet
User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.19 (2009-01-05)
I'm trying to get figlet included in Fedora but have run into
a snag with the licenses of a couple of the source files relating
to decompressing zipfiles of compressed fonts. Namely, crc.c,
crc.h, inflate.c, inflate.h, zipio.c and zipio.h. It appears
three of the files, chkfont.c, figlist and showfigfonts have no
licensing notice at all in them.
If there are any developers out there on this list, could I get
* Can the zipfile related routines be relicensed? I imagine
we'd have to contact the original author listed there for
this, maybe he's on this list? I'll try the email listed
there as well.
* Could these routines be rewritten to use something free?
Should be existing code out there that could be reused for
* Maybe we don't need compressed font files at all anymore,
disk space is not as big of an issue these days.
Thoughts appreciated. Please see the bz link above for comments
and concerns. Also this debian bug gives a bit more detailed
Email to author of non-free content:
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:37:00 -0700
From: Ray Van Dolson <email@example.com>
Subject: Relicensing zipfile routines that are part of figlet
User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.19 (2009-01-05)
There are several source files part of the figlet package that
are under a non-free license requiring notice of modifications to
the code to be sent to you within 30 days.
I'm wondering if you'd be willing to consider relicensing this
code under a more "free" license? The code in question is here:
On the remote chance that upstream can actually locate the authors of that ancient code and get it relicenced, or they decide to replace the code with free versions, please clear the whiteboard field so this drops back into the review queue.
Update on this for the curious:
- One of the authors of the code agreed to release it to
as public domain so we could relicense it as whatever.
- The zipfile routine author has still not responded.
Of further complication is that there is not real maintainer of figlet
currently. Trying to figure out if we can rectify that and make a new
release on the code.
Also, I'm wondering... the clause in the zipfile routines says any
changes must be emailed to the author within 30 days. Could this
feasibly include licensing changes? We could make a new release,
change the license on the code and send notification of this to
his email address as required by the current license...
Anyways, will see what comes of all this.
Per legal list it is a bad idea to change the license on the code. :-) Figured as much.
People seem interested in a new release however, so we'll try to get this moving along and I'll look into stripping out the zipfile routines.
More than 3 months without response.
I will close his. Please feel free to reopen it after licensing is 'free' (free speech not free beer) enough for Fedora!
FIGlet 2.2.3 was released with license changes which should make it truly free as in speech. Zipio has been relicensed by the author and is now under the MIT license, and the main package is now distributed under the 3-clause BSD license.
Claudio, thanks for your work in making that happen. I'll get the new version packaged and reopen this bug shortly.
2.2.4 is out these days.
As I built myself an updated and cleaned spec from Dag's old version before finding this bug, feel free to grab all the bits you want from
Not sure why this was reopened now, when the submitter hasn't provided a package for review. Indicating this isn't ready yet; please clear the whiteboard when there's something for the reviewers to look at.
Patrick, I'll get something put together this weekend hopefully. Thanks.
Any update on this? More than an year+ since last response, still in 'Assigned' state.
I've been mantaining my personal figlet package since years, since nobody is interested can I step in as a mantainer?
I've opened a new review request, closing this one down.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 820642 ***