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Re: RFS - mapcatcher

Hi Johan,

thanks for the review :-)

On 07/20/2010 06:10 PM, Johan Van de Wauw wrote:
This looks like a package in which debian gis might be interested, I
have added them in cc.

I cannot sponsor your upload, but will still try to review it. Some
comments already:
* I'm no legal expert, but I guess that while using google maps you
are breaking their license. You should find out whether it is ok to
distribute such a program in debian (perhaps debian-legal?). This
should not be an issue when openstreetmaps/... is used.
it so happens I know OpenStreetMaps are listed in GMapCatcher's list of 'no bulk download allowed' providers, although they allow download of the .osm data files, bulk download of the the actual .png tiles is not officially allowed; so GMapCatcher tries to discourage people from bulk downloading from those providers - it puts up a modal warning; should it prevent them absolutely?

I must say I suppose I had been thinking that as the project is hosted at google code they must have seen it :-) I know it sounds rather a large amount of checking for them to do, every project at google code - although when it suits them they can't check, as in youtube :-D

I'm looking at Google's Maps terms of service at http://maps.google.com/help/terms_maps.html it looks as though the viewer would count as a kind of browser so should be no trouble for the 'method' clause; however the bulk download could be thorny for similar reasons to the OpenStreetMap question, let's see what debian-legal have to say
* Why is the package name mapcatcher? Wouldn't it be less confusing to
use gmapcatcher, like upstream?
My thinking is that gmapcatcher was more the name when it was strictly for google maps - as it must originally have been; now it's for 'every' map provider, a more universal package name seems appropriate
* README.Debian; legacy.diff: remove these files
done, thanks
* debian/control: last standards version is 3.9.0 - check if your
package complies and bump the version
seems to work :-)
Anyway, thanks for your work!
Best regards




On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM, Mark<markieb.lists.20090330@gmail.com>  wrote:
Hi prospective Mentors  :-)

I am looking for a sponsor for my package "mapcatcher".

* Package name    : mapcatcher
  Version         :
  Upstream Author : Helder Sepulveda<helderse..@gmail.com>
* URL             :http://code.google.com/p/gmapcatcher
* License         : GPL V2 +
  Section         : web

It builds these binary packages:
mapcatcher - GMapCatcher is an offline maps viewer.

The package appears to be lintian clean.

The upload would fix these bugs: 589254

My motivation for maintaining this package is: mapcatcher [GMapCatcher] is a
fast, quickly-developing python map viewer that includes gps integration;
download maps while connected to the internet, then it works as a map viewer
gps for good. Includes satellite / terrain / hybrid maps when the map
service supports them; it downloads the map tiles that are the basis of web
map services; it already includes 8 of the major web map services, as well
as integration of all the various gps hardware that gpsd supports. Advanced
downloading features allow downloads of large areas / details of paths. It
looks as though it is basically the pre-eminent app in its field, so would
a worthy addition to the debian repos.

The package may be found at mentors.debian.net:
- URL:http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/m/mapcatcher
- Source repository: deb-srchttp://mentors.debian.net/debian  unstable main
contrib non-free

I would be very pleased were someone to kindly upload the package for me.

Kind regards

Mark Benjamin



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