Source code and test suites (was: Re: Closing this list (gplv3 at

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at
Thu Jan 19 11:48:44 UTC 2006

At Wed, 18 Jan 2006 21:01:06 +0100,
Florian Weimer wrote:
> * Werner Koch:
> > Feel free to use this list for now.  If the traffic increases too much
> > to disturb otehr discussions we could think about moving the GPL topic
> > to somewhere else.
> Okay.
> The section on source code does not mention test suites.  Have they
> been considered at all?
> For sufficiently complex software, a suite of regression tests is
> extremely helpful for making modifications.  However, in some areas,
> there is a strong interest in proprietary test suites (in the GCC
> context, for example).  Forced publication of test suites would unduly
> extend the scope of software copyright.  That's why I'm not sure if
> anything should be done about this.

Because you don't distribute (or propagate in GPLv3 terms) anything
when running a test suite on a program, I don't see how the GPL could
enforce anything about test suites.

Jeroen Dekkers

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