Re: Empty source file with proprietary header
Mehdi Dogguy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> While packaging a software for Debian, I found an empty file under a
> proprietary license in upstream's tarball. The file contains only the
> header which says who is the copyright holder and the license under
> which it was released. There is no source code in it, at all.
There are two possibilities that seem plausible to me:
* the file is restricted by copyright, and the stated license terms
* the file is not restricted by copyright
Each of these could be true in different jurisdictions, of course.
> I was wondering whether such file can be part of a Debian package (the
> .orig tarball)?
I think it's best if they are removed. Does their removal have any
adverse effect on the binary package?
> FTM, I removed those files and made a clean dfsg tarball.
I think you've done the right thing.
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