[erlang-questions] A PropEr announcement

Ulf Wiger <>
Tue Jun 14 14:02:40 CEST 2011


On 14 Jun 2011, at 01:09, Vik Olliver wrote:

> On 14/06/11 11:01, Francis Joanis wrote:
>> 
>> I have a question about the GPL licensing of the tool itself: since it
>> is GPL, doesn't it require to make the written tests themselves and to
>> some extent the application under test GPL as well?
> 
> Only if you distribute the tests. If you keep them to yourself, you
> don't owe anyone anything. The GPL respects privacy.


This could become an obstacle to adoption similar to what's been seen with Quviq QuickCheck: people who have Open Source projects need to publish (=distribute) test suites as well. Just as it's not very helpful to distribute test suites that require an expensive tool, people might be reluctant to publish PropEr-based tests if it requires them to convert to GPL.

Kostis did say that they would make an exception for OSS projects. I could not find any such exception when quickly scanning the repos.

BR,
Ulf W


Ulf Wiger, CTO, Erlang Solutions, Ltd.
http://erlang-solutions.com






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