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Standardizing debian/copyright (Was: Re: URLs on debian.org/distrib/packages pages)

On Thu, 14 Nov 2002, Anthony Towns wrote:
> Might be an idea to say something like:
> 	``If the file /usr/share/doc/<pkgname>/copyright exist in the
> 	  package <pkgname>, and contains a line beginning with
> 	  "Upstream:", the text on the same line following that will be 
> 	  added to the packages.debian.org pages.''
> instead.

Not sure if it has been discused before|recently, but perhaps
standardizing debian/copyright might be a good idea?

Perhaps a recommendation in Policy for a list of field names and the
information contained in them? 

Right now, 6.6 defines what information must be included in
debian/copyright, but doesn't define a best-practice for the actual
formatting of debian/copyright, which would be usefull. [I'm not
suggesting that the format be made binding (at least, not yet), but a
list of fields which would in the future be recognized by
packages.debian.org for display would (probably) be nice.]

Currently, I've been known to use the following fields (and I suppose
others who I "stole" from do also):

Author: T.M. Brannon <tbone@cpan.org>
Webpage: http://search.cpan.org/author/TBONE/User-1.5/
Download: http://search.cpan.org/CPAN/authors/id/T/TB/TBONE/User-1.5.tar.gz
Debianized: Don Armstrong <don@donarmstrong.com> Sun, 03 Nov 2002 16:37:30 -0500

Copyright: Copyright (c) 2000 T.M. Brannon. All rights reserved. This
program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the same terms as Perl itself.

License: GPL, Artistic, available at /usr/share/common-licenses/{GPL,Artistic}

Don Armstrong

I leave the show floor, but not before a pack of caffeinated Jolt gum
is thrust at me by a hyperactive girl screaming, "Chew more! Do more!"
The American will to consume more and produce more personified in a
stick of gum. I grab it. 


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