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Re: Debian Policy released

Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> writes:

> It seems that this was intended to apply to standalone binaries embedded
> into things like d-i initrds (which already use it), but as it's written
> it seems to apply to static linking of libraries as well.

> That would include large numbers of haskell libraries and binaries that
> statically link other haskell libraries. Even though most such
> libraries actually have no source license requirements. 
> Hopefully a way can be found to automatically generate the field (or
> dynamically link haskell..).

> For that matter, don't all executables statically link to small portions
> of libgcc and libc? It seems beyond redundant to require that be listed
> every time.

Good point.  Maybe we should say that Built-Using is only required if the
license requires that the source be available?  (Not sure how to phrase
that.)  The problem that it was trying to solve originally was fairly
specific to the GPL, IIRC.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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