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Re: dpkg/license related proposal

On Mon, Nov 01, 1999 at 02:48:46PM -0500, Amy Fong wrote:
> A short while ago, I was pondering on all the things that happen
> consequences of people being "whatever (fill in the blanks)" of licensing
> situations and I have a bit of a proposition to make.
> Perhaps there chould be a field within Debian packages which specifies what
> license a package is under. Before unpacking a package, dpkg checks to
> see if the relevant license has been read, if not, it presents it to the
> user and the user reads it and either acknowledges/accepts or rejects
> it. This could be done by keeping state info on which license/version
> has been read or (I think this one's better) by having each license as a
> package. Obviously, if the user rejects the license, measures could be
> taken.

I don't like the idea of forcing people to look at licenses for stuff in
main (perhaps non-free or contrib, but not main).

I do think we need a license field in the control/package fields.


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