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Re: Translating copyright info in --version commands?


On Tue, 31 Jan 2012, Guillem Jover wrote:
> So my preferred solution would be to just get rid of those strings
> altogether, if someone wants to see the copyright, they should check
> the source code. I've had a patch around to do just that (attached),
> but I've not applied it more out of courtesy than anything else.

Go ahead, it's fine with me.

However someone referred me to section 2.c of GPL-2 which says that we
have to add/keep such messages for interactive applications so maybe we
should keep them for dselect only...

> To me the same applies to man pages, but I left those alone at the
> time.

I have no objection to do the same on the manual pages. In fact, it
was never very clear whether the copyright/authors sections of the manual
page documented the authors of the program or the authors of the manual
page itself.

I can prepare this part of the patch (so that you can concentrate on
multi-arch instead).

Let's just agree on what we want to keep. I suggest to have this single
section at the end of every manual page:

This is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or
later for copying conditions. There is NO WARRANTY.

Do you want anything else in this boilerplate section?

Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer

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