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Re: Package with reference to proprietary libs

On Friday 05 December 2014 12.00:42 Markus Koschany wrote:
> On 05.12.2014 11:23, Samuel Stachelski wrote:
> > Hey all debian java devs
> > 
> > I am new to the whole packaging thing in debian (read the docs but no experience yet) and I have a question for java packaging:
> > When I want to package a java application which has a reference to a proprietary library (jar and native lib with JNI), is it possible to upload it to the official debian repos? I know it would have to go to contrib (the application if self uses MPL), but in the docs I read that i *have to* remove all third-party libraries from the orig tarball and the references to other libraries must be declared as dependencies. The library the application uses is kakadu (http://kakadusoftware.com) and it is not in the debian repos, not even in the non-free. So how would I get the required native library and jar to the end users system?
> > 
> Hi Sam,
> you would have to create a separate source package for kakadu and find
> someone who uploads it to the non-free repository. As you already know
> the whole Java application had to go to contrib. The question is what
> purpose it would serve to package and distribute the proprietary library
> and what we would gain with it since there are already free Java jpeg
> libraries such as libopenjpeg-java. Obviously it would be preferable if
> you could convince upstream to relicense their software into something
> that is DFSG-free.
> Hope that helps a little
> Regards,
> Markus

Hi Markus

Thank you for the fast replay. I talked right now to one of the devs. They are not willing to change the library, mainly because their user base is very small (some thousand downloads and around 100 frequent users) and most of them are not linux users. Their work is funded by research-money and the resources are limited.
The devs advices me to not waste my time with trying to push their software to debian. What is your opinion then? Should I try to upload it or spend my time on something more useful maybe?


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