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Bug#183860: general: many info files have license conflicts



Package: general
Version: unavailable; reported 2003-03-05
Severity: serious
Tags: upstream
Justification: Policy 2.1

Most GNU manuals are under some form of the GNU Free Documentation
License (the freeness of which is debatable). However, those manuals are
in Texinfo format. The first line of every Texinfo file is:
\input texinfo
which includes texinfo.tex. If you look at texinfo.tex with
head -20 `dpkg -L texinfo | grep 'texinfo\.tex'
you will find that texinfo.tex is under the GNU General Public License,
which is incompatible with the GFDL. Hence the bug. This affects any
manual in Texinfo format that is under the GFDL or any other
GPL-incompatible license.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux stonewall 2.4.20-k7 #1 Tue Jan 14 00:29:06 EST 2003 i686
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8


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Brian M. Carlson <sandals@crustytoothpaste.ath.cx> 0x560553e7
"Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable. Let us prepare
 to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it
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