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

On Sep 14, Michael Tokarev <mjt@tls.msk.ru> wrote:

> 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.
This is an old issue which is well established, widely agreed and 
does not really need to be discussed again. The facts are:
- if the source and the tools to build them are in Debian, then 
  there is no DFSG issue
- if some binary is shipped in the source package and not rebuilt 
  automatically every time the package is built, then this is acceptable 
  as long as the security team will not complain

So I recommend that you ship this tiny program pre-built and add a 
target to debian/rules which manually rebuilds it.

> Allowing such packaging may act as a bad example in the future.
We have already allowed them for a very long time.
I cannot think of any examples right now, but I remember having this 
same conversation on debian-devel@ at least twice.


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