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rsync GPL licence distribution terms

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by computer_pet, Dec 20, 2010.

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  1. computer_pet

    computer_pet Thread Starter

    Jun 22, 2003

    Would someone be able to explain to me in laymen terms what the restrictions are on distributing a compiled application (in this case rsync v3.0.7) that is under a GPL v3 licence?
    I have been developing an application for OSX using cocoa that uses rsync, I have not modified the source of rsync at all the application simply uses rsync in some way to sync two folders. I need to distribute rsync with my app as an old version is installed by default on OSX which does not support what I need...

    Getting to the point, will I need to publish the source of my application becuase I use rsync which is under a GPL license?

  2. centauricw


    Jun 26, 2010
    No. If your are only including the compiled binary and the rsync source code is not embedded into your program (i.e. you need the rsync code to compile your code), then you only need to make available, either distributed with the program or on your website, the source code for the version of rsync that is shipped with your program.
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