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POSIX Threads for Win32


	pthreads-win32 - a POSIX threads library for Microsoft Windows

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	Copyright (C) 2001,2006 Ross P. Johnson
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Pthreads-win32 is covered by the GNU Lesser General Public License

    Pthreads-win32 is open software; you can redistribute it and/or
    modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License
    as published by the Free Software Foundation version 2.1 of the

    Pthreads-win32 is several binary link libraries, several modules,
    associated interface definition files and scripts used to control
    its compilation and installation.

    Pthreads-win32 is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

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    The contact addresses for pthreads-win32 is as follows:

        Email:  Ross Johnson
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Pthreads-win32 copyrights and exception files

    With the exception of the files listed below, Pthreads-win32
    is covered under the following GNU Lesser General Public License

	Pthreads-win32 - POSIX Threads Library for Win32
	Copyright(C) 1998 John E. Bossom
	Copyright(C) 1999,2006 Pthreads-win32 contributors

	The current list of contributors is contained
        in the file CONTRIBUTORS included with the source
	code distribution. The current list of CONTRIBUTORS
	can also be seen at the following WWW location:

    Contact Email: Ross Johnson
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    These files are not covered under one of the Copyrights listed above:


    This file, COPYING, is distributed under the Copyright found at the
    top of this file.  It is important to note that you may distribute
    verbatim copies of this file but you may not modify this file.

    The file COPYING.LIB, which contains a copy of the version 2.1
    GNU Lesser General Public License, is itself copyrighted by the
    Free Software Foundation, Inc.  Please note that the Free Software
    Foundation, Inc. does NOT have a copyright over Pthreads-win32,
    only the COPYING.LIB that is supplied with pthreads-win32.

    The file tests/rwlock7.c is derived from code written by
    Dave Butenhof for his book 'Programming With POSIX(R) Threads'.
    The original code was obtained by free download from his website
    and did not contain a copyright or author notice. It is assumed to
    be freely distributable.

    In all cases one may use and distribute these exception files freely.
    And because one may freely distribute the LGPL covered files, the
    entire pthreads-win32 source may be freely used and distributed.

General Copyleft and License info

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Why pthreads-win32 did not use the GNU General Public License

    The goal of the pthreads-win32 project has been to
    provide a quality and complete implementation of the POSIX
    threads API for Microsoft Windows within the limits imposed
    by virtue of it being a stand-alone library and not
    linked directly to other POSIX compliant libraries. For
    example, some functions and features, such as those based
    on POSIX signals, are missing.

    Pthreads-win32 is a library, available in several different
    versions depending on supported compilers, and may be used
    as a dynamically linked module or a statically linked set of
    binary modules. It is not an application on it's own.

    It was fully intended that pthreads-win32 be usable with
    commercial software not covered by either the GPL or the LGPL
    licenses. Pthreads-win32 has many contributors to it's
    code base, many of whom have done so because they have
    used the library in commercial or proprietry software

    Releasing pthreads-win32 under the LGPL ensures that the
    library can be used widely, while at the same time ensures
    that bug fixes and improvements to the pthreads-win32 code
    itself is returned to benefit all current and future users
    of the library.

    Although pthreads-win32 makes it possible for applications
    that use POSIX threads to be ported to Win32 platforms, the
    broader goal of the project is to encourage the use of open
    standards, and in particular, to make it just a little easier
    for developers writing Win32 applications to consider
    widening the potential market for their products.


Maintained by Ross Johnson