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

On Mon, Apr 24, 2006 at 06:13:11PM +0200, Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> * Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> [060424 17:39]:
> > 
> > > Package gnus, version x.y-z.dfsg.
> > > That way its clearly marked that gnus is modified to be dfsg free,
> > > and you dont change any source/package name. A lot of other packages
> > > in Debian already go this way, I dont see why gnus can't do it.
> > 
> >         In Debian, source package components have precise meaning.
> >  The package name is Gnus, and the version you are referring to is the
> >  "upstream" version.   In case you are not aware, that implies that
> >  this is a source package for an upstream release versioned
> >  x.y-z.dfsg -- which in turn implies that the upstream author has
> >  created a DFSG free version, perhaps unreleased, for Debian.
> > 
> >         I think pretending with a fake upstream version that this is
> >  the same Gnus upstream packages is misleading at best, and deceptive
> >  at worst.
> Repackaging upstream software is a common way. It is even documented in
> the Developer's reference how those are supposed to handled.
> (i.e. only remove files, not add some; the .diff.gz should contain some
> README describing how the file can be reproduced, and things like that)
> On the other hand a different source package name has also a specific
> meaning. It means it is a different source package, which means it is
> a differnt upstream or a different package. Unless you want to fork
> the package or add other files, changing the source name is deceptive.

Isn't it already a fork?  The source package is not the same as the one
being shipped by upstream.  Hence Manoj's desire to use a different source
package name to correctly convey the fact that the source package is not
what is being shipped by upstream, but a modified version that meets the
requirements of the DFSG.  How is it deceptive to rename the source
package when it is _not_ the same as the upstream source?

GPG Key: 1024D/61326D40 2003-09-02 James Vega <jamessan@debian.org>

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