[Phpmyadmin-devel] legal concerns about external libraries

Marc Delisle marc at infomarc.info
Mon Aug 8 18:07:30 CEST 2011

Marc Delisle a écrit :
> Michal Čihař a écrit :
>> Hi
>> Dne Wed, 03 Aug 2011 07:45:53 -0400
>> Marc Delisle <marc at infomarc.info> napsal(a):
>>> in this old message from June 2004
>>> https://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_name=20040608142911.GA10581%40ns.liten.cz&forum_name=phpmyadmin-devel
>>> you mention that you added MS Excel export with PEAR 
>>> Spreadsheet_Excel_Writer.
>> Yes, it was completely different code compared to current one and it did
>> require setup from user (it required temporary dir to construct files).
>>> Then Garvin Hicking replied "it's a good benefit".
>>> We could ask the phpmyadmin-users list about use cases.
>> For whatever feature, you will always find at least one user :-).
> True but for a feature that has been in the code since 2004, the base of 
>   persons using it has had the time to grow. Especially when we're 
> talking about a product as popular as MS Excel.

Well, a few days after asking on the phpmyadmin-users list about this, 
we got four answers and they are happy with using CSV for their export 
and import needs.

Removing PHPExcel for the upcoming 3.5 is something we could easily do, 
and we could also remove it for the 3.4.5 release (or 3.4.4-rc2) so that 
the Fedora team can see the licensing issue resolved for our current 
stable release.

Still have to verify the tcpdf issue, however.

Marc Delisle

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