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Re: Encoding the name in the file contents (was Re: Towards a new LPPL draft)

On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 10:49:32PM +0100, David Carlisle wrote:
> > If pushed, I will concede that this is illogical, and the rule should
> > really be "filename limitations make a package non-free"
> It's fine for you as an individual to think that _should_ be the case
> (I happen to disagree but that's not relevant either) But Debian can't
> take that position unless it changes its definition of Free by changing
> its guidelines.

Debian very easily *can* take the position that filename limitations violate
the DFSG, because it is a limitation on modification not explicitely allowed
by DFSG#4.

(I agree with the line of thought that it shouldn't be allowed at all;
"how inconvenient it is" is an ugly bag of worms, best avoided.)

If you're actually saying that Debian isn't *permitted* to take that
position, you'll need to explain further.  Debian is well within its
rights to interpret its own guidelines.

Glenn Maynard

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