Please comment the license of vim manual and reference

Stefano Zacchiroli zack at
Mon Aug 21 11:32:13 UTC 2006

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On Mon, Aug 21, 2006 at 08:15:38PM +1200, Carlos Z.F. Liu wrote:
> In my point of view, the OPL license make the vim manual non-free. It
> shouldn't be put in main as part of vim-runtime package.

Some "procedural" comments. Please file a bug about that against
vim-runtime and Cc the bug report in this discussion, this will let the
debian vim maintainers follow the discussion; alternatively please at
least Cc the maintainers' mailing list (Cc-ed with this message).

> They use OPL because some parts of the manual are come from the book
> "Vi IMproved - Vim" by Steve Oualline. The Open Publication License
> applies to this book.

Are you sure this is the reason why they use that license?

Looking at ":help manual-copyright" does not give any hint that this is
the case, it just states that parts of the book are in the manual and
that the book is under OPL as well.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention,

Stefano Zacchiroli -*- Computer Science PhD student @ Uny Bologna, Italy
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