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Re: Removing unwanted files at installation time

[snipping to make shorter..]

On Mon, Jan 24, 2000 at 11:07:59AM +1300, Peter Elliott wrote:
> At 12:53 23/01/00 -0800, Seth R Arnold wrote:
> >This I admit would be sort of slick -- perhaps there should be a
> >"copyrights" directory off of /usr/share/doc/ that contains the entries
> >"GNU" "Artistic" "BSD" "XFree86" "Mozilla" and packages could symlink their
> >copyright to one of those entries, if it matches exactly.
> Warning Will Robertson Warning Warning RMS Alert
> <grins frantic grins>
> Seriously though
> This is not a path to be even sniffed at, let alone gone down in private,
> never mind public like this. Those pesky space consuming bitsa legalese are
> the only thing that stand between us *free* users and, well, unfreedom ;-)
> They need to be with the software/code they came with. A lot of time and
> trouble has been taken to come up with and keep viable this protection
> against megacorpdom et al.

Well, I am not sure what would be so bad about symlinks. I don't think it
would be worth all the trouble, to do a buncha symlinks, but I also don't
see how that could cause trouble legally with the whole free software
mantra. The copyright would still be available in the same spot --
/usr/share/doc/foo/copyright -- but it would point to a shared copyright.
(Of course, the package providing copyright info would have to be the
highest priority package on the whole system, and maybe if that package
wasn't installed, that could be annoying.)

But of course, you are right, I was arguing that to do so to save perhaps
six megs didn't seem worth the trouble. :)

> just my $NZ0.02
> pre
> "-- we would probably have a large discussion " you bet....
> PS: I realise that you weren't advocating anything like, and were only
> responding to a posted query. This isn't meant to sound like a threat from
> the sherrif but a humourous heads up re the potential explosion.
> There, all qualified. Wheeew.
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