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Re: Bug#364609: O: Gnus -- A versatile News and mailing list reader for Emacsen.

* Jorgen Schaefer (forcer@debian.org) wrote:
> Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> writes:
> >         After seven and a half years of maintaining Gnus, I am having
> >  to give away the package, on what I consider is a matter of
> >  principle.  My upload removing non-DFSG bits was rejected, on the
> >  grounds that the upload renamed the source package name (the binary
> >  package name remains Gnus).
> >
> >         I find myself unable to comply with calling the source package
> >  Gnus, even though we remove all documentation from the package, and
> >  pretending it is just a newer upstream version, since that implies to
> >  people looking at the list of sources that this is perhaps unreleased
> >  upstream source package -- even though upstream is vehemently opposed
> >  to this course of action.
> I'm with Manoj here - it's not useful to our users for us to fake
> a new upstream version. I'm very confused as to why changing the
> source package name is such a huge problem. Maybe someone could
> clarify?
> Faking an upstream version number which doesn't exist, and which
> is not the package that is in Debian, can't be the right solution.
> Since changing the source package name seems to be inappropriate,
> what would be a useful approach to this problem?
> I hope this problem can be solved so that a) our users can rely on
> us not to fake version numbers, and b) Manoj can continue to
> package Gnus.

There is a fairly long tradition of stripping non-free things out of
the upstream tarball and adding a dfsg to the version. While the
documentation removal is probably some of the most intrusive
DFSG-izing to date, I don't see why the dfsg in the version number is
somehow worse than in the source package name.  

Eric Dorland <eric@kuroneko.ca>
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