[Phpmyadmin-devel] legal concerns about external libraries

Marc Delisle marc at infomarc.info
Wed Aug 10 12:21:14 CEST 2011

Le 2011-08-10 03:32, Dieter Adriaenssens a écrit :
> 2011/8/8 Marc Delisle <marc at infomarc.info>:
>> 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.
> I find it strange there are no objections against removing support for
> import/export excel files from our user base, but if nobody really
> needs it, then we can remove it I guess.

As Michal said, "for whatever feature, you will always find at least one
user" so at this point, I'm not saying that nobody needs it. However,
these users should find that CSV import/export is a correct replacement
for this feature.

>> 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.
> I'll remove PHPExcel and the import/export for Excel from QA_3_4, or
> shall I create a branch first, to test it?

I don't think a branch is necessary. Please do the removal.

>> Still have to verify the tcpdf issue, however.
>> --
>> Marc Delisle
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