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Re: GPL issues

On Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 12:15:08AM +0200, Klaus Knopper wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 12, 2006 at 11:08:26PM +0200, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 04, 2006 at 09:31:05AM +0200, Klaus Knopper wrote:

>>> And there is NO hint about the real name of the source
>>> archive. You really have to GUESS from the versions that the
>>> snapshot mirror provides.

>> I don't understand why you say that, or your example is badly chosen
>> (doesn't make your point). The source package is called e2fsprogs, and
>> it is version 1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1 of it you want. The files are
>> named:

>>  e2fsprogs_1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1.dsc
>>  e2fsprogs_1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31.orig.tar.gz
>>  e2fsprogs_1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1.diff.gz

>> Please state your problem more clearly and with more details.

> apt-get source e2fsprogs=1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1 fails.
> As said above.

master@bagnat:~$ apt-get source e2fsprogs=1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Need to get 3698kB of source archives.
Get: 1 http://snapshot.debian.net pool/e2fsprogs e2fsprogs 1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1 (dsc) [827B]
Get: 2 http://snapshot.debian.net pool/e2fsprogs e2fsprogs 1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1 (tar) [3667kB]
Get: 3 http://snapshot.debian.net pool/e2fsprogs e2fsprogs 1.38+1.39-WIP-2005.12.31-1 (diff) [29.8kB]
Fetched 3698kB in 17s (214kB/s)

with the line you gave in /etc/apt/sources.list

> I'm using

> deb-src http://snapshot.debian.net/archive pool e2fsprogs

> in /etc/apt/sources.list.

> It's not _my_ problem, but the problem of everyone who tries to
> fetch sources for GPL'ed Debian binaries and can't find them under
> their matching version numbers.

Yes, I didn't mean it was exclusively (only) _your_ problem, just that
it was a problem _you_ were having. I didn't say anything about other

> But I'm not complaining. I just solved that problem by some searching on
> google.

> No action required on your part.

If people are having difficulties getting sources for the binary
packages they downloaded from Debian, it is a problem I'd like to fix
if I can. But for this I need to reproduce it, so that I can analyse

As a general note, if I were in your shoes, I'd download the sources
at the same time I would be downloading the binaries; the sources are
then (modulo the time race window I spoke about in my previous mail)
on the same mirror you got the binaries from.


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