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Re: machine-readable debian/copyright and arbitrary comments

Marc Haber <mh+debian-devel@zugschlus.de> writes:

> in the past, debian/copyright files were sometimes (ab)used for
> arbitrary information. For example, I used to include references about
> who paid for/sponsored the packaging.

I agree with your implication that arbitrary information of that kind
doesn't belong in ‘debian/copyright’.

> This is no longer possible with the machine readable format of
> debian/copyright. Where am I supposed to put this information
> nowadays?

I see two reasonable options: don't put it in at all, or put it in a
separate file under ‘/usr/share/doc/$PACKAGENAME/’ with a filename that
makes sense.

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Ben Finney

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