Re: Sponsorship requirements and copyright files
On Wed, 25 Mar 2009 13:22:04 +1100 Ben Finney <email@example.com>
>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.