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Re: Convenience copies in upstream code: dependencies, removal, copyright, and other issues

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 5:48 AM, Ben Finney <ben+debian@benfinney.id.au> wrote:

> * Remove the convenience copy from the original source archive, or
>  merely from the binary package?

Related question:
Since the source package consists of orig.tar.gz and a .diff, how
would one "remove the convenience copy from the original source"? The
policy seems to speak only to *use* of the convenience copy, not
exclusion. "Removing" it would seem to leave the original copy in the
tarball, and a *second* copy (with a bunch of - in front) in the diff.

This is for a case where the package will function without the
convenience copy (it's optional functionality), and the convenience
copy code is patent-encumbered (not truly Free, and thus better not to
distribute at all) while the rest of the package is Free.

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