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has caused the report #498621,
regarding PHP5 - ext/standard/rand.c is not dfsg conform
to be marked as having been forwarded to the upstream software
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permission to remove the "When you use this, send an email to" requirement from the MTRand code
Thu, 25 Sep 2008 17:56:58 -0500
At Debian we have recently stumbled upon a "hidden" clause in a source
code file included in PHP since php4. Since this clause is not free in terms
of the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) it prevents us (Debian) from
distributing the php interpreter.
I am thereby asking for your permission to remove the clause; but I would like
you to give permission to *anybody* and not just Debian, as otherwise it
would be a violation of the DFSG.
Although Shawn Cokus and Richard J. Wagner stated that it would be _nice_ to
CC them it would be nice to get an OK by them too.
When replying please send a copy of the message to, at least, the addresses in
 It was not noticed until a couple of weeks ago by Jan Wagner, who reported
the problem at http://bugs.debian.org/499471
 From php's ext/standard/rand.c:
> The original code included the following notice:
> When you use this, send an email to: [email protected]
> with an appropriate reference to your work.
> It would be nice to CC: [email protected] and
> [email protected] when you write.
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