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Re: [PROPOSAL] Full text of GPL must be included

I agree with Wichert... you *must* do it or you are

Debian cannot be that... would it be the case of putting the license
of the package in an diretory inside the deb that would not be installed?

So we should include a option in dpkg-deb that would read that license
and display it. (would this dir be that DEBIAN that is created under
that $DESTDIR directory?)

and then: dpkg-deb --show-license mypackage_0.0-1_i386.deb


On Wed, Nov 29, 2000 at 06:21:50PM +0100, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Package: debian-policy
> RMS just asked me if it was true that all our packages don't include
> the GPL, just a reference to it, since that is a violation of the
> GPL itself. In his words:
> rms> I'm told that (some or all) Debian packages for GPL-covered programs
> rms> don't contain a copy of the GPL--just a reference.  See an example
> rms> below.
> rms> 
> rms> Is that accurate?  If so, it has to be fixed.  The GPL says that a
> rms> copy of the GPL must come with the package.  When you distribute a
> rms> whole system, once copy of the GPL in it is ok in principle; but when
> rms> a single package is distributed, it has to *come with* a copy
> rms> of the GPL.
> Reading the GPL section 3 says that for binaries the rules in sections 1
> and 2 also apply, and 1 states that a copy of the GPL has to be
> included..
> Wichert.
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