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Re: PROPOSAL: debian/control file to include new License: field

Kevin Mark wrote:
> You mean they check ever single time $RANDOM_PACKAGE enter NEW and don't
> assume its correct until someone raises an objections? I'd at least
> think you could create a sub-queue in NEW so that already tagged
> standard licenses would get processed faster and others would be in a
> location to allow for special license processing.
Well, de facto a package that only has a soname bump will likely not be
For truly new packages, though, there is no way to get around a thorough
examination by someone paying careful attention and the ftpmasters are
really doing a good job at this.
Unfortunately there are enough maintainers that are sloppy in the
fulfillment/ignorant of the requirements of the debian/copyright file[1]
to lessen the ftpmasters' burden. dh-make's brokenness[2] doesn't help.
In fact, a random new package mentioned on debian-mentors will likely
not have a correct copyright file. At the time of writing this, the last
open RFS for a new package is stegosnow[3]. It does display this problem.

Kind regards


1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2003/12/msg00007.html
2. http://bugs.debian.org/336982
3. http://sponsors.debian.net/viewpkg.php?id=218
Thomas Viehmann, http://thomas.viehmann.net/

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