Re: classes built by JDK
On Jan 8, 2004, at 04:45, Nicolas Sabouret wrote:
Josh Triplett proposed me a patch to move javacc from contrib to main
(see bug #225484).
We however have a question regarding java classes embedded into a .jar
file that were compiled against Sun'JDK (non-free). The .java source
files are all provided in the package's source (they can be compiled
using kaffe) but the fact is they were not compiled using free
My opinion is that we can distribute them into debian/main as it is
(without recompiling the classes with kaffe) since the source files
are provided. I want to avoid non-needed changes w.r.t. upstream
<opinion type="random" informed="somewhat">
First off, the .class files aren't source. They really shouldn't be
in the source tarball, methinks. They should be built from .java
using, e.g., kaffe, by debian/rules.
Otherwise, modifying them is made needlessly hard. No reason to make
the job of our security team, for example, harder.
Now, as far as "is it allowed" I'd venture to agree with Lionel Elie
Mamane. I'd have to have the security team unable to make an update
because it turns out kaffe doesn't actually build them, or worse that
the .class files have subtle brokeness, which ultimately harms our