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Re: Compiling java debian packages with free tools

I don't think I agree. If you can't compile the package with Free tools
then putting it in main doesn't make sense. You can't rebuild the
package using Free Software. Jikes or something was seriously taken to
task for their use of a JavaCC generated grammer. The arguement was that
even though you could generate the .java file it wasn't possible to
parse the grammer and you couldn't build the package.

Maybe I hallucinated that exchange but I thought I had heard that.

I say it should build from scratch using all DFSG tools if it is going
to go in main. That's just me.

On Thu, 2003-09-11 at 03:38, Dalibor Topic wrote:
> --- Mark Howard <mh@debian.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 10:33:39PM +0200, John Leuner wrote:
> > > I feel that despite whatever decisions we make about free and non-free
> > > VMs and tools etc, we should firstly pay attention to simply compiling
> > > our software with free tools and against free libraries or free APIs.
> > Doesn't this happen already? Please give examples. If it can be compiled
> > with free software but isn't, what severity bug should we file? Should
> > poilcy say that free compilers must be used if they can?
> I'd say yes, but as a free java environment developer, I'm biased ;) Though I
> don't think it should be a severe bug preventing a package from entering
> testing.

Ean Schuessler                                      ean@brainfood.com
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