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Re: libcurl and ssl

From: Dan Fandrich <>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:23:55 -0700

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 09:08:55PM +0200, Daniel Stenberg wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Aug 2010, Alan Wolfe wrote:
>> I've noticed that some binaries have SSL support and others don't.
>> I know there is some kind of legal or licensing issue associated with
>> using SSL with libcurl but never really quite understood what it was.
> It is all up to the one who makes the binary. Reasons to use or not use a
> particular 3rd party dependency would include:
> * Size contraints
> * License considerations
> * No need for the feature/function
> * Lack of said 3rd party library
> * [others]
> ... libcurl does not _require_ any 3rd party library so all of them are up
> to the one who builds libcurl to build with or without.

There are also legal issues with exporting software with cryptographic
capabilities out of certain countries. For that reason, many packages were
(and are) built without SSL support because things like OpenSSL wouldn't
necessarily be available for all users around the world.

>>> Dan
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Received on 2010-08-20