Re: [Rd] Closed-source non-free ParallelR ?

From: Gábor Csárdi <>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 19:09:02 +0200

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 6:48 PM, Ian Fellows <> wrote:
>>Still, if they have code that is compiled and linked to R at running
>>time, then that code must be under the GPL. Again, this is the FSF
>>?interpretation and certainly not R-core's, not even mine.
> Well, not quite. R.h RDefines.h and RInternals.h are LGPL, so as long as the
> hooks go through these headers, then all is kosher is it not? Otherwise,
> what is the point of having them be LGPL?

What the point is I do not know, but I doubt that your argument would satisfy FSF. The problem is not the "using the headers at compile time", but the "linking against it at run time" step. AFAIK.


> ian

Gabor Csardi <>     UNIL DGM

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