Vim runtime files

James McCoy jamessan at
Sun Jan 15 20:33:11 UTC 2012

Hi all,

As requested below, Bram would like the runtime files which are
using a more restrictive license than Vim to be relicensed under the Vim
license (which is essentially a GPL dual-license per §II.2.e).

I'm contacting you because you've contributed to the debchangelog
ftplugin for Vim while it was documented as being licensed under GPL v2
and would like to know if you are amenable to relicensing the file under
Vim's license?

If not, I'll continue to maintain the file under its current license as
part of the Debian packaging.  Either way, I'll let Bram know the status
of the file once I hear back from everyone.



On Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 04:42:51PM +0100, Bram Moolenaar wrote:
> Vim uses a dual-license for the distribution, see ":help license" in Vim
> or
> For distributors it's the simplest if this license applies to all the
> files, including the runtime files.
> These files are currently marked as using GPL:
> runtime/ftplugin/logcheck.vim
> runtime/ftplugin/debchangelog.vim
> Since these files are always distributed in source using the GPL does
> not have an essential advantage over the Vim license.  A modified
> version would always have to be distributed in source form anyway.
> Can we please change these files to use the Vim license?
> If not I will remove them and we'll have to wait for a new version to
> show up.
> - Bram

GPG Key: 4096R/331BA3DB 2011-12-05 James McCoy <jamessan at>
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