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Re: Browserified files and DFSG

Pirate Praveen <praveen@onenetbeyond.org> writes:

> There is a bug with severity serious filed against libjs-handlebars [1]
> (it is also a bug in ruby-handlebars-assets).

The bug report (bug#817092) has IMO a misleading title.

The software may or may not be free; what is at issue is that a compiled
file is non-source and so does not satisfy the requirement for the
Debian source package.

> The corresponding source code is present in libjs-handlebars (only in
> experimental right now, but it could be reuploaded to unstable once I
> have clarity).

That's good, though it does mean the source package in ”unstable“ still
has the bug.

> It needs grunt to be packaged [2] to be able to browserify it in
> debian.

Okay. So if I understand correctly, you're acknowledging that the
compiled form of the work requires a build tool that is not yet in

> I agree it is nice to be able to browsetrify it in debian, but I don't
> think it is serious enough to be removed from debian or moved to
> non-free.

If the build tool needed to build the compiled form of the work is not
yet in Debian, by my understanding that means the work cannot be in
Debian in that compiled form.

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Ben Finney

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