Re: Source package containing HTML-only form of texinfo doc
Am Donnerstag, 5. Juli 2007 16:02:13 schrieb firstname.lastname@example.org:
> > Am I misunderstanding what you're saying? octave2.9-htmldoc contains
> > this exact documentation that upstream is distributing.
> Yes, but built from source, and the source of octave2.9-htmldoc contains
> the texinfo source. qtoctave doesn't, which is a breach of the GPL: you
> must be able to distribute the preferred form of modification, and not
> having it in the upstream sources - even when we know where they come from
> - makes it delicate for us to distribute it.
> In other words, any users should be able to do
> apt-get source qtoctave
> and modify the documentation, which is not possible as the texinfo source
> is missing.
I'm one of Octave's Debian maintainers.
The problematic part is that qtoctave is primarly a Windows application. I
don't think they even have any sort of code for generating the HTML files
from the Texinfo sources, so even including the texinfo files would still be
Maybe they should just update the documentation and use the HTML files from
. I think the files there have a more liberal license.