Re: FW: Invalid SPDX identifier in Linux source tree

Richard Fontana

My understanding from being on the linux-spdx mailing list is that
this is intentionally tolerated for existing SPDX-License-Identifier
notices because it was correct SPDX syntax under the earlier version
of the SPDX spec.


On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 9:25 PM Mark Atwood via
<> wrote:

I just got this note from one of my developers.

Is he correct? Should we or someone send a patch to Linux project?



Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:26 AM
To: Atwood, Mark <atwoodm@...>
Subject: Invalid SPDX identifier in Linux source tree


Sorry for the delay, I'm long overdue in forwarding this to you.

Contains the following invalid SPDX identifier:

/* SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0+ WITH Linux-syscall-note */

The SPDX list of license identifiers ( does not include GPL-2.0+ in any form. The closest would (presumably) be GPL-2.0-or-later.


Richard Fontana
Senior Commercial Counsel
Red Hat, Inc.
+1 212 689-4350 (mobile)

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