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Re: Bug#1535: GPL gone LGPL exist

Bill Mitchell writes ("Re: Bug#1535: GPL gone LGPL exist"):
> On Tue, 3 Oct 1995, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > Erick Branderhorst writes ("Bug#1535: GPL gone LGPL exist"):
> >[...] 
> > This is very interesting.  The same thing has happened to my system.
> > 
> > The file /usr/doc/copyright/GPL doesn't seem to be in any of the
> > packages on the src.doc.ic.ac.uk mirror of ftp.debian.org, and it
> > isn't mentioned in any of the /var/lib/dpkg/info/* files on my system.
> > 
> > I conjecture that there was once a package that contained this file
> > (by mistake) and that the package maintainer removed it.
> I audited some old packages I have lying around, and found this file
> in dpkg-0.93.42-0 and dpkg-

It looks like you've found the culprit, then.  My apologies for this

I'm marking this bug as done (more recent versions of dpkg don't have
this problem).

Bruce Perens writes ("Re: Bug#1535: GPL gone, LGPL exists"):
> If you installed the base-0.93.6-6 package in pre-release/ over an
> existing system, it would overwrite a few conffiles. I am uploading a new
> one that doesn't have this problem, it will be base-0.93.6-7.deb .

OK, thanks.

> YOU MUST USE A CURRENT VERSION OF DPKG to install it. Older versions of
> dpkg would overwrite your passwd file when installing this package! As it
> is, you have to be careful to give the correct answers to not overwrite your
> current conffiles, and to not install /sbin/unconfigured.sh .

Have you considered putting a test for the dpkg version in your
preinst ?

> But it will upgrade your documentation files, including your GPL file, if you
> install it.

Excellent, thank you.  I'll grab it when it becomes available.


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