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Re: Symlinking /usr/share/doc/<package> is not allowed

On Wed, May 21, 2003 at 10:02:01AM +1000, Brian May wrote:
> On Tue, May 20, 2003 at 08:00:21PM +0200, Andreas Barth wrote:
> > The policy vetoe to symlinking intends (in my interpretation) two
> > goals. One is to ensure that the licences don't "change" unintendidly.
> > This could e.g. happen if there is a global file called GPL, the
> > packages link there copyright statement to it, and the GPL-file is
> > incremented from GPL version 2 and later to GPL version 3 by just one
> > misbehaving program. The other is to make sure the copyright file is
> > always available. Both traps are avoided in the case where the
> > documentation directory is symlinked to the base packages directory.

> What if the user has version 1 of abc installed, and version 2
> of abc-doc installed, AND /usr/share/doc/abc-doc is a symlink to
> /usr/share/doc/abc, AND the copyright changed between version 1 and
> version 2?

Then there's an RC bug in the abc-doc package, which should either have
a proper versioned dependency or ship its own copy of the copyright

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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