Better proxy support available via libcurl?

Werner Koch wk at
Thu Aug 3 16:51:19 CEST 2006

On Thu,  3 Aug 2006 16:17, David Shaw said:

> That's not the case though - they were designed intentionally to be
> able to run outside of GPG for general keyserver access.  That's one

They are part of GnuPG proper.  They are external helpers to isolate
network access from the actual encryption process.  Russell Coker
asked me right after he started to work on SELinux for such a feature.

> gpgkeys_* is not a derivative work of GPG.  We could easily make

Right, they are even part of GnuPG.

> gpgkeys_* a whole new package if necessary.  Just like GnuPG 1.9 is
> made up of a bunch of smaller packages, the keyserver helpers could be

This would most likely be viewed as an artificial split to work around
the terms of the GPL.  This is based onlong in-person discussions with
FSF staff members on whether this is valid way to not comply with the

> Valid questions have been raised about distributing binaries.  I'm
> certainly okay with doing nothing, so long as it isn't going to leave
> us in a state where people can't or won't package and distribute
> GnuPG for fear of violating the license.

It is not only about GnuPG is is about most non-trivial GPL packages.
My point here is to not forget about these things and work on a
solution.  Printing a warning is something which would help to raise
awareness of this problem.



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