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       licensecheck - simple license checker for source files


       licensecheck --help|--version

       licensecheck [--no-conf] [--verbose] [--copyright] [-l|--lines=N]
       [-i|--ignore=regex] [-c|--check=regex] [-r|--recursive] list of files
       and directories to check


       licensecheck attempts to determine the license that applies to each
       file passed to it, by searching the start of the file for text
       belonging to various licenses.

       If any of the arguments passed are directories, licensecheck will add
       the files contained within to the list of files to process.


       --verbose --no-verbose
           Specify whether to output the text being processed from each file
           before the corresponding license information.

           Default is to be quiet.

       -l=N --lines=N
           Specify the number of lines of each file's header which should be
           parsed for license information. (Default is 60).

       -i=regex --ignore=regex
           When processing the list of files and directories, the regular
           expression specified by this option will be used to indicate those
           which should not be considered (e.g. backup files, VCS metadata).

       -r --recursive
           Specify that the contents of directories should be added

       -c=regex --check=regex
           Specify a pattern against which filenames will be matched in order
           to decide which files to check the license of.

           The default includes common source files.

           Also display copyright text found within the file

       --no-conf --noconf
           Do not read any configuration files. This can only be used as the
           first option given on the command-line.


       The two configuration files /etc/devscripts.conf and ~/.devscripts are
       sourced by a shell in that order to set configuration variables.
       Command line options can be used to override configuration file
       settings.  Environment variable settings are ignored for this purpose.
       The currently recognised variables are:

           If this is set to yes, then it is the same as the --verbose command
           line parameter being used. The default is no.

           If this is set to a positive number then the specified number of
           lines at the start of each file will be read whilst attempting to
           determine the license(s) in use.  This is equivalent to the --lines
           command line option.


       This code is copyright by Adam D. Barratt <>,
       all rights reserved; based on a script of the same name from the KDE
       SDK, which is copyright by <>.  This program comes with
       ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.  You are free to redistribute this code under
       the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later.


       Adam D. Barratt <>