[IPython-dev] IPython pyreadline improvement of IPython

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Sun Jan 29 16:00:36 CST 2006

Fernando Perez wrote:

> Well, the point is that since we'd be writing our _own_ readline, the license 
> of the FSF readline wouldn't matter: we wouldn't be using it.  If such an 
> effort were successful across platforms, core python could take our own 
> readline to replace their bindings to FSF-readline without fear.  The problem 
> is the 'viral' nature of the GPL: technically, Python _may_ be in violation of 
> the GPL by using readline and Python not being ALL GPL.

That's not how the GPL works. That's not even how the FSF thinks the GPL works. Oy.

Robert Kern
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