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Re: Bug#879619: Autopkgtest for ncbi-tools6

Hi Andreas,

Thank you for your detailed answer!

On Thu, 24 May 2018 at 07:44 Andreas Tille <andreas@an3as.eu> wrote:
On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 10:14:56PM +0200, Liubov Chuprikova wrote:
> > W: ncbi-tools6 source: missing-field-in-dep5-copyright copyright
> > (paragraph at line 30)
> > W: ncbi-tools6 source: missing-field-in-dep5-copyright license (paragraph
> > at line 35)
> > W: ncbi-tools6 source: missing-field-in-dep5-copyright copyright
> > (paragraph at line 35)
> >
> > (It also issues a few unrelated complaints, which I'll be happy to
> > address myself.)
> >
> I cannot reproduce the same lintian output on my computer.

You should always install lintian from unstable.  To do so create two

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/01-unstable.list
deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian unstable main

$ cat /etc/apt/preferences.d/01-lintian.pref
Package: lintian
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 601

Package: debian-policy
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 601

Try first

$ apt-cache policy lintian

which should show

   Candidate: 2.5.88

and to make sure that your general preferences are set correctly

$ apt-cache policy dpkg

This should *not* have a candidate from unstable.  Otherwise add

$ cat /etc/apt/preferences.d/01-unstable.pref
Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 50

to make sure you will not upgrade your whole system to unstable which is
probably not what you want.  Than do

   sudo apt-get install lintian debian-policy

(This also pulls debian-policy from unstable which is also what you

I have updated lintian and debian-policy as you wrote. Now they are of 2.5.88 and versions, respectively.
> I tried it like
> this:
>             lintian -i -I --show-overrides ncbi-tools6_6.1.20170106-3_amd64.changes

After that I've also noticed a mentioning of "ncbi-tools6 source" in the warnings above and realised that I should use .dsc instead of .changes to reproduce them.

>             trnascan-se_sample.output
> I generated that file by running *trnascan-se* (another Debian Med
> package), so I have no
> idea what the license and copyright should be written for it. Could you
> help me with this
> problem?

I admit I'm unsure myself.  Either it inherits the copyright of the
original data file (which should be mentioned in trnascan-se) or you
become the copyright owner.  Besides this I doubt that data are
copyright-able at all.  So I would not see any problem to use

  Copyright: Liubov Chuprikova
  License: public_domain

Ok, I've decided to mention myself as a copyright owner. By the way, trnascan-se_sample.output already has a mentioning about tRNAscan-SE (including tRNAscan-SE's copyright and license info). But, as you wrote, the data itself can hardly follow the same license as the program.

Thanks again!

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