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From: Richard Stallman <rms <at> gnu.org>
Subject: Making up for a release mistake in GDB versions 6.0 - 6.6
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.gdb.announce
Date: Friday 30th September 2011 03:43:52 UTC (over 5 years ago)
The FSF hereby grants permission to distribute the old GDB releases
numbered 6.0 through 6.6, which were released under GNU GPL version 2
or later, notwithstanding the absence therein of the real source files
for certain CPU descriptions.  This permission extends to versions
with unrelated modifications, provided those versions comply in all
other respects with the GNU GPL versions stated on their licenses.

These source files were published all along, formerly in
http://sourceware.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/src/cgen/cpu/?cvsroot=src,
now in http://sourceware.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/src/cpu/?cvsroot=src.
The problem is that they were not included in these GDB releases as
they should have been.

Thanks to some of the improvements in GPL version 3, we don't need to
explicitly forgive past violations caused by redistributing those old
versions under GPL version 3, because those violations would only have
consequences for the redistributors if the FSF were to complain about
them to the redistributors within 60 days of such redistribution.  The
FSF commits not to complain about this problem.

However, some who have distributed these versions under GPL version 2
may wish to continue doing so.  Therefore, the Free Software
Foundation hereby explicitly forgives violations consisting of the
lack of the real source files for certain CPU descriptions in copies
of these GDB versions.  This forgiveness does not apply to any other
kind of violation, however.

Corrected tar files have been placed on ftp.gnu.org for all these
versions.  The corrected tar files do not have the problem because
they contain the source files for these CPU descriptions.  The FSF
urges all redistributors to upgrade as soon as possible to the revised
tar files.  The corrected files have an `a' in their names after the
version number, as in gdb-6.6a.tar.gz.


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Dr Richard Stallman
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