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Re: packaging a tiny/trivial blob in a DFSG-clean way?

On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 01:11:47AM +0400, Michael Tokarev wrote:
> On 15.09.2012 01:03, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> > On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 12:15:51AM +0400, Michael Tokarev wrote:
> >>
> >> So we have the following options:
> >>
> >>  1) package just this single file, of 20 bytes long, in a
> >>    separate Arch:all package, in it's own separate source.
> >>
> >>  2) drop ppc support where this file is required.
> > 
> >    3) Just ship the .bin part together with the rest.
> > 
> > I don't see a problem with it not complying with the DFSG, the
> > source is available and it's possible to build with with something
> > else in main, just not on all arches.
> Well, in that case we can ship alot more .bin files from qemu
> sources too, and build these on corresponding architecturs like
> already mentioned (to verify the result is still the same).
> Additional x86 ROMs, sparc ROMs, this PPC ROM, ...
> The only problem is to get some real agreement on this.
> > As far as I know, we don't have a requirement that everything
> > needs to be build from source, just that we can do it.
> Yes, this same qemu uses a few Arch:all packages (like seabios
> and vgabios, openbios and a few more) which can be built on
> just one architecture (seabios on x86, openbios on sparc, etc),
> and from this point of view, _whole_ qemu (together with all
> dependencies) can't be built on any one architecture already.
> But I'm still a bit, well, uncomfortable to ship the blobs,
> even if the source is available and it is verified on buildds
> during package build on corresponding architectures.
> Allowing such packaging may act as a bad example in the future.

I do agree it's best to try and build everything from source.  But
I don't see the value for an assembler file.


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