Re: Is tabular data in binary format acceptable for Debian ?
Charles Plessy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Is tabular data in a binary format that can be read, written, modified
> and exported using free software acceptable for Debian, or shall we
> contact the upstream author to check if he used an intermediate format
> (be it text, or binary like .odt or .xls) and require the addition of
> this file to the source, or shall we provide a text export?
I can't speak for the Debian ftpmaster team, but I would think the usual
guideline applies: We should seek “the preferred form of the work for
making modifications to it” as the source form of the work.
So, if upstream uses some canonical form of the tabular data for making
modifications to it, that should be in the source package.
 Licensing wonks will recognise this as a definition from the GPL.
Regardless of the license for a given work, that definition is a
useful one that, IMO, makes the right distinction on what is and is
not the source of a work.
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