PROPOSAL: debian/control file to include new License: field
To my understanding the only way to obtain the license information
for a package is to actually download it (or install it) and the
study the content of
It would be better if user could use the packaging search commands,
grep-dctrl -F License ... --and -F package ...
Add new field to the debian/control (which would be generated by dh-make):
It would contain a canonicalized word to describe the license in
GPL, GPL2, GPL3, LGPL, BSD, Perl Artistic, MIT/X ..... Custom
The number of generic license name can be debated and instead of
the last resort "Custom" there could be word like:
DFSG-approved, OSI-approved, FSF-approved etc.
If given the option --copyright, then the field is initialised with
that value, otherwise add
Licence: <Set here; see http://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses>
Should this be disccussed in, (crossposted to) debian-legal as well?