[osgeo4w-dev] Oracle Instant Client Added

Howard Butler hobu.inc at gmail.com
Mon Oct 25 13:23:11 EDT 2010


I have added Oracle Instant Client (C API headers, libs, and dlls only) as an installable library for OSGeo4W.  After some private discussion with a few Oracle folks, they are ok with us redistributing the OCI runtime and dev environment as long as we notify those receiving it that they're subject to the export restrictions and licensing of Oracle Instant Client.  When "oci" is installed, it currently places a "INSTANT_CLIENT_README.txt" file in the root (C:\osgeo4w) directory of the installation with the following text:

> 10/22/2010
> This copy of the Oracle Instant Client library provided by OSGeo4W is 
> subject to US export and re-export restrictions.  See 
> http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/licenses/instant-client-lic-152016.html 
> for more licensing and export restriction details.  By downloading 
> this software, you have subjected yourself to following these restrictions.

This seemed less in-your-face than trying to flash something from the installer (and it didn't require any changes to anything to support), and I thought I'd ask for forgiveness rather than permission to do it :)  Anyone see a problem with this?


PS, I would suggest that we still maintain a plugin approach for things like GDAL and MapServer, which are already quite large.  Having the Instant Client in OSGeo4W will just make for an easier deployment and setup for folks.

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