License field

Faré fahree at
Mon Oct 19 17:07:16 UTC 2015

On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 12:49 PM, Robert Goldman <rpgoldman at> wrote:
> On 10/16/15 Oct 16 -2:03 PM, Faré wrote:
>> I propose we document that the license field should if possible
>> contain an identifier from
> Do you expect this field to be a string, or should it be encoded in some
> special way (e.g., a keyword representation of the identifier)?
> If we do the latter, we could check it but (a) this would bloat ASDF
> further and (b) it would incur a maintenance debt in perpetuity as the
> set of SPDX identifiers changes.
> One more question: What if the software is NOT open source?
I was considering just a string for now, as has always been.
Then a linter could go over the packages in Quicklisp and check that
they are all open source with a proper SPDX license string.
For closed source code, I don't know — probably "Proprietary" or
something would do — or just anything not valid per SPDX.

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