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

On Fri, 2012-09-14 at 23:49 +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> 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

Right, absolutely.

> - 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.

firmware-free (which doesn't even have the debian/rules target, but I'll
look into it if the sources ever do change).


Ben Hutchings
Logic doesn't apply to the real world. - Marvin Minsky

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