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Re: [rant] Re: Consequences of moving Emacs Manuals to non-free

Sven Joachim <svenjoac@gmx.de> writes:

> On Wed, Mar 15, Miles Bader wrote:
>> In practice I guess it's just going to mean that most people end up
>> putting non-free in their sources.list, weakening the effect of having a
>> separation between "free" and "non-free" in the first place, and more
>> users end up confused because lack of hard dependencies will mean the
>> doc packages don't get installed.
> It may get worse.  The maintainer of the GNU make package has just kicked
> out the documentation for good, offering no substituton
> whatsoever.  [...]

Why should a Debian maintainer feel compelled to package non-free

> [...]  See bug #358314 (and note that the make manual does not
> even contain unmodifiable sections).

I just downloaded make 3.80 from ftp.gnu.org, and you appear to
be wrong about that.  Here is an excerpt from make.texi:

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or
    any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with the
    Invariant Sections being ``GNU General Public License'', the Front-Cover
    Texts being ``A GNU Manual'', and with the Back-Cover Texts being as in
    (a) below.  A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    ``GNU Free Documentation License''.

Front-cover and back-cover texts are invariant.
Ben Pfaff 
email: blp@cs.stanford.edu
web: http://benpfaff.org

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