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2.10 Openness

Gnulib is open in the sense that we gladly accept contributions if they are generally useful, well engineered, and if the contributors have signed the obligatory papers with the FSF.

The module system is open in the sense that a package using Gnulib can

  1. locally patch or override files in Gnulib,
  2. locally add modules that are treated like Gnulib modules by gnulib-tool.

This is achieved by the ‘--local-dir’ option of gnulib-tool (see Extending Gnulib).