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Re: Bug#885698: What licenses should be included in /usr/share/common-licenses?

Jonas Smedegaard <jonas@jones.dk> writes:

> If you mean to say that ambiguous MIT declarations exist in
> debian/copyright files written using the machine-readable format, then
> please point to an example, as I cannot imagine how that would look.

I can see it: people use License: Expat but then include some license that
is essentially, but not precisely, the same as Expat.  If we then tell
people that they can omit the text of the license and we'll fill it in
automatically, they'll remove the actual text and we'll fill it in with
the wrong thing.

This is just a bug in handling the debian/copyright file, though.  If we
take this approach, we'll need to be very explicit that you can only use
whatever triggers the automatic inclusion of the license text if your
license text is word-for-word identical.  Otherwise, you'll need to cut
and paste it into the file as always.

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

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