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Re: ITP enhydra

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	debian-java, where this thread originated
	the wnpp bug for Enhydra
	debian-devel, to get broader input on source packaging issues

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On Tue, Sep 05, 2000 at 02:55:48PM +0200, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:

> If the package is in 'non-free', you don't even need the
> sources. IMHO (but IANAL), for a package to get in 'main', you HAVE
> TO be able to compile it from the sources.

Well, there don't seem to be any copyright restrictions on the output
of JavaCC, so if I could get hold of the generated Java source, I
could repackage the upstream source to include it.  Then, a useful
subset of it could be compiled from source using only free tools.

However, this would inhibit modification, as anyone wanting to modify
the JavaCC-generated files would want to regenerate them, not edit the
unwieldy auto-generated code.

I can't even download JavaCC from
<http://www.metamata.com/download_top.html>, its current home, without
registering as a user on the site.  Various mailing list messages,
etc. point out that the software is not redistributable.

 - mdz

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