Bug#517191: One example for #517191
Here is a warning that I am having on one package that I am using lintian:
W: libdownload1: copyright-refers-to-versionless-license-file usr/share/common-licenses/GPL
N: The copyright file refers to the versionless symlink in
N: /usr/share/common-licenses for the full text of the GPL, LGPL, or GFDL
N: license, but the package does not appear to allow distribution under
N: later versions of the license. This symlink will change with each
N: release of a new version of the license and may therefore point to a
N: different version than the package is released under. debian/copyright
N: should instead refers to the specific version of the license that the
N: package references.
N: For example, if the package says something like "you can redistribute it
N: and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as
N: published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 dated June, 1991,"
N: the debian/copyright file should refer to
N: /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2, not /GPL.
N: Severity: normal, Certainty: possible
The copyright part is:
The Debian packaging is (c) 2009, William Pitcock <email@example.com>
and is licensed under the GPL, see `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL'.
So if there is a "licensed under the GLP", without any versions, it should
consider that it's valid to use /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL, right?