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Re: Bug#200003: cpp: contains non-free manpages



On Fri, Jul 04, 2003 at 10:18:50PM +0200, Matthias Klose wrote:
> Andrew Suffield writes:
> > Package: cpp
> > Severity: serious
> > 
> > The manpages fsf-funding(7), gpl(7), and gfdl(7) are included in the
> > cpp package. These are clearly non-free (non-modifiable).
> 
> this doesn't make sense. you are not allowed to change a copyright,
> even for software distributed in main. AFAIK the distribution of
> license texts is allowed in main, even if the license itself is
> non-free. I'd like a confirmation from debian-legal, as I don't see
> something about this in "2.1, Package copyright and sections".

License texts, yes. Manpages, no.

> > [Plus they aren't mentioned in the copyright file, which claims the
> > package is GPLed]
> 
> how should a copyright of a license text included in the
> debian/copyright file?

See above; I see here three manpages, not two license texts.

> > and #181495 should instead be fixed by eliminating the references
> > from the cpp manpage (possibly inserting references to
> > /usr/share/common-licenses).
> 
> doesn't help, as the GFDL isn't in common-licenses.

Let's break this down, then:

fsf-funding(7): no excuse there

gpl(7): that can be replaced with a reference to
/usr/share/misc/common-licenses

gfdl(7): that's included (as text, rather than a tagged manpage) in
/usr/share/cpp-3.3/copyright already, and is therefore redundant

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