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Re: Sponsorship requirements and copyright files

On Wed, 25 Mar 2009 13:22:04 +1100 Ben Finney <ben+debian@benfinney.id.au> 
>Those who don't like the very *idea* of a machine-parseable format for
> .debian/copyright  apparently exist, but I don't understand their
>position yet :-)

I'd be one of those.

Whenever you add new structural rules on a file it creates more things one 
needs to know, more things to get wrong, and more work.  This is inevitable.

To counter this, I see some very minor potential benefit.  IANADD, so I 
don't get a vote, but if I did, I'd be against it.

The cost/benefit ratio of the proposal is certainly open to reasonably 
varying opinions, so I don't expect arguing over different perceptions to 
have a lot of benefit.  I do think it's worth (once) pointing out why I 
don't like the concept.

I'll convert my packages when it's required by policy.

Scott K

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