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Re: Two questions on package quality

Russ Allbery dijo [Sun, Dec 17, 2006 at 11:20:37AM -0800]:
> > 2. Upstream tarball contains ttf-dejavu font. Linda found that and
> > complained.
> Why?
> Sure, duplication of code is a bit annoying, but ttf-dejavu appears to be
> a free font, so it doesn't hurt anything that the upstream tarball
> contains it.  The installed *package* shouldn't duplicate the font and
> should instead just depend on the font package it needs (or possibly not
> even depend -- if it's only accessing the font via X, it should only
> recommend and allow for the possibility that there's an X font server
> providing the font).  But there's no harm that I can see in leaving the
> font in the upstream tarball unless it's under some other non-DFSG-free
> license, and you want to avoid repackaging the upstream tarball when you
> can help it.


I have to agree with Russ: If the font is free, then just delete it
from the target directory after building. Ship pristine sources.


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