Re: packaging data that can't be distributed as part of a Debian package
On Fri, 20 Sep 2013, Faheem Mitha wrote:
> So, I suppose anyone using the software needs to download it. I'll
> provide a script to download the data, but if I want to build a
> Debian package containing that data, how should I do it?
Maybe studying other download-and-package packages, like "java-package", can
help. In your case, apparently you can automate the "get the data file"
part, which java-package is forbidden to do.
> Let's say I have the software source directory with a script in it
> which downloads the data files to a specific directory. When should
> this download happen? Should the user do it manually?
Manually is good.
> I still don't have a license for those data files, but is that Ok if
> the package does not distribute it?
Probably yes, but it is safer for everybody if the source of the datafile
> The response I got when asking for license information was
> IMGT ® data are publicly available on the IMGT® web site for academics
> for their own research, but they are not redistributed by users.
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