* Others have mentioned the ordering problem that puts the main license last. Seems that Packaging-Copyright at the top is another case of this problem (see you've now removed that special case name, but the debian/* data would still go there). "Most specific matching glob wins" might be a better approach. Then the licenses could be ordered with the main one first, or in whatever order that makes sense to humans, and if someone wanted to write a tool to extract a given file's license, that could be done too. * Having to munge the license text to fit it in the 822 format is one of the uglier bits of this proposal, especially since we don't require that license texts be DFSG free.. * It's a shame that the boilerplate about where to find the full text of the GPL is still needed at the end of the file. One way to avoid this might be to use: License: /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2 The info about which versions apply would need to be expressed some other way though. * I don't see much benefit in putting freeform text at the top of the file. Keeping it all at the bottom would simplify parsing/validating. * Makes even more clear that debian/copyright is not the best place for Source URLs. They rather stick out from the other data, and this would be a great time to go ahead and move them to the control file. Dropping them entirely in favour of watch files -- not so good: It's good to know where a package came from even if a tarball can't be auto-extracted from there by uscan. -- see shy jo  Which is perhaps interesting to implement. Google tells me that smake has this concept.
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