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Can I mention authorship/sponsorship in an install script?

asked 2016-06-23 21:32:45 -0500

Steve Developer gravatar image

I have a package I want to submit to epel. It will deploy a helpful system-oriented python script under an MIT license. The work on this script was sponsored by a not-for-profit software development association that has a ".org" website (it advocates the use of open source software in finance...)

My question is: When I make my installer script, is it permissible to generate a ONE LINE message crediting the organization that sponsored development of the script?


{title}-{major version}.{minor version}; sponsored by the {association name} Association (http://{website}.org)

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answered 2016-06-24 04:35:51 -0500

geforce gravatar image

No it would not be permitted to show any message during a rpm install

Don't try to interact with the user; RPM is designed to support batch installs. If an application needs to show a EULA, that needs to be part of its initial execution, not its installation.

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answered 2016-06-24 01:10:10 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

Welcome to ask.fedora. That's an interesting and unusual question. I don't see any reason why you couldn't include credits in your install script; after all, many of the man pages include a line crediting the program's author. However, you do need to remember that most packages today are installed from a GUI and any credits that are output would go past so fast that they'd be lost, even if the user is watching. It might be best to put the credits into the script as a comment because that way anybody who examines the script will be sure to see them.

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