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Re: Reporting 1.2K crashes

Clint Adams <clint@debian.org> writes:
> On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 07:35:51PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> Upstream-Contact was put into DEP-5 because it was already required
>> contents in debian/copyright according to Policy, which says:

>>     Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
>>     copyright information and distribution license in the file
>>     /usr/share/doc/package/copyright. This file must neither be
>>     compressed nor be a symbolic link.

>>     In addition, the copyright file must say where the upstream sources
>>     (if any) were obtained, and should name the original authors.

> Upstream-Contact[0] need not be an author, copyright holder, or source
> for source, so I'm confused by this logic.

It is, however, closely related to all of those things and you end up
usually satisfying all of those requirements at the same time for quite a
few packages, as has been discussed many times in the past.  People seem
to want to rehash this conversation endlessly without doing the work to
propose a concrete alternative and get consensus and wording for it.  It
gets a little tiring.

I would be happy to see these things taken out of debian/copyright, but
it's going to require some work in writing a clearer description of
exactly what we want to document and why, and putting together a proposal
for how we're going to do that.

So far, there have been a few proposals, but none of them have gotten
close to consensus, and most of them were rather underspecified.  So the
current situation continues.

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

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