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Bug 789552 - sci-visualization/paraview license review
Summary: sci-visualization/paraview license review
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal with 1 vote (vote)
Assignee: Licenses team
Depends on:
Reported: 2021-05-12 00:30 UTC by Alessandro Barbieri
Modified: 2022-10-18 14:18 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Alessandro Barbieri 2021-05-12 00:30:10 UTC
Can you review the paraview license? In Debian it's considered free.
Comment 1 Jonas Stein gentoo-dev 2021-05-12 00:54:18 UTC
Comment 2 Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2021-05-12 18:24:07 UTC
(In reply to Alessandro Barbieri from comment #0)
> Can you review the paraview license? In Debian it's considered free.

That's the wrong question to ask. The right question is under what terms the paraview package is distributed.

(In reply to Jonas Stein from comment #1)

According to that page, we should have LICENSE="BSD MIT PSF-2 VTK".

Not entirely sure about third-party dependencies, does the package install any bundled libs from the following list?
Comment 3 Alessandro Barbieri 2021-05-13 07:43:21 UTC
Debian has an extensive list of the licenses involved here
Comment 4 Ulrich Müller gentoo-dev 2021-05-13 12:29:03 UTC
(In reply to Alessandro Barbieri from comment #3)
> Debian has an extensive list of the licenses involved here
> paraview_5.9.0-2_copyright

This list somewhat depends on the question if bundled libs are installed (see comment #2).

We could update the ebuild to LICENSE="BSD MIT PSF-2 VTK" for now, so that it would no longer be masked by the default ACCEPT_LICENSE (because the "paraview" license isn't in @FREE).

Figuring out the bundled libs may require more work, but I think it's not a showstopper for the above. (According to Debian all should be free, so I don't expect any big surprises.)
Comment 5 Larry the Git Cow gentoo-dev 2022-10-18 14:18:47 UTC
The bug has been referenced in the following commit(s):

commit 9a1c41ffa23a0d0c0dbaee4b5ca2dc50883bcdb2
Author:     Andrew Ammerlaan <>
AuthorDate: 2022-10-18 14:15:39 +0000
Commit:     Andrew Ammerlaan <>
CommitDate: 2022-10-18 14:18:39 +0000

    sci-visualization/paraview: add 5.11.0_rc1
    This is a release candidate but we add it anyway
    because the in-tree version fails to configure
    if dev-qt/qt*:6 is present on the system
    Also updated the LICENSEs
    Signed-off-by: Andrew Ammerlaan <>

 sci-visualization/paraview/Manifest                |   1 +
 .../paraview/paraview-5.11.0_rc1.ebuild            | 232 +++++++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 233 insertions(+)