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Re: debian/copyright format and SPDX

On Fri, Sep 22, 2023 at 08:43:25AM -0000, Sune Vuorela wrote:
> On 2023-09-08, Jeremy Stanley <fungi@yuggoth.org> wrote:
> > Since Debian's machine-readable format has been around longer than
> > either of the newer formats you mentioned, it seems like it would
> > make more sense for the tools to incorporate a parser for it rather

> I do think that this is another point of "we should kill our babies if
> they don't take off". And preferably faster if/when "we lost" the race.

> We carried around the debian menu for a decade or so after we failed to
> gain traction and people centered on desktop files.

> We failed to gain traction on the structure of the copyright file, and
> spdx is the one who has won here.

SPDX defines an xml format only.  They lost before they'd even started.

debian/copyright is supposed to be human-readable first and foremost.  XML
need not apply.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                   https://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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