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Bug#355263: marked as done (policy 12.5: Please recommend a sane practice WRT different gpl versions (was: Re: RFC/RFS: beef - a flexible BrainFuck interpreter))

Your message dated Tue, 25 Apr 2006 22:47:06 -0700
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and subject line Bug#355263: fixed in debian-policy
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Package: debian-policy
Severity: normal
File: http://www.us.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-docs.html#s-copyrightfile

On Sat, Mar 04, 2006 at 12:14:29PM +0100, Bas Wijnen wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 03, 2006 at 11:41:59PM +0100, Andrea Bolognani wrote:
> > > * W: The program is licensed under GPL version 2.
> > 
> > Will not fix. From the Policy, section 12.5:
> > 
> > 	"Packages distributed under the UCB BSD license, the Artistic license,
> > 	the GNU GPL, and the GNU LGPL should refer to the files
> > 	/usr/share/common-licenses/BSD,
> > /usr/share/common-licenses/Artistic, /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL, and
> > /usr/share/common-licenses/LGPL respectively"
> > 
> > So /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL is the right file to point to.
"according to policy"

> Perhaps Policy needs an upgrade here...  It seems logical to me that you must
> always point to the license which is used.  In case of "GPL version 2 or
> later", that is usually understood as "the latest version of the GPL"
> (although of course the user may choose to use an earlier version, as long as
> it's at least version 2).  This is what the GPL symlink is for: it always
> points to the latest version.  A program which is "GPL v2 only" is of course
> not licensed under "the latest version", but under v2.  The fact that they are
> currently the same is irrelevant: they are conceptually different.

> So the GPL symlink is simply the wrong thing to point at, because it isn't the
> license which is used (because it's "the latest version", not "version 2").
> Appearantly policy isn't so clear about the /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2,
> but it being there strongly suggests that it should be used for programs which
> are licensed under "GPL v2 only".

While we're at it, section 2.3 uses the phrase "BSD-like copyrights"
which should be "BSD-like licenses".

#336982 against dh-make is mildly related.


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Source: debian-policy

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
debian-policy, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/d/debian-policy/debian-policy_3.7.0.0.dsc
  to pool/main/d/debian-policy/debian-policy_3.7.0.0.tar.gz
  to pool/main/d/debian-policy/debian-policy_3.7.0.0_all.deb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 355263@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> (supplier of updated debian-policy package)

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Format: 1.7
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 23:56:16 -0500
Source: debian-policy
Binary: debian-policy
Architecture: source all
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian Policy List <debian-policy@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org>
 debian-policy - Debian Policy Manual and related documents
Closes: 32263 117916 148194 190753 199849 212434 230217 341232 342611 344158 346598 349010 349775 355263 357613 359817 361137 362247 362975
 debian-policy ( unstable; urgency=low
   * Bug fix: "[PENDING AMENDMENT 20/01/2000] Splitting cgi-bin", thanks to
     Brian White.                                             (Closes: #32263).
   * Bug fix: "debian-policy: [PROPOSAL] Should update to Filesystem
     Hierarchy Standard FHS 2.3", thanks to Tobias Burnus
                                           (Closes: #230217, #212434, #344158).
   * Bug fix: "[AMENDMENT 11/04/2006] Permit multi-line fields in
     debian/control", thanks to John R. Daily. Mention that all fields,
     except the Uploaders, are supposed to be a single logical line, which
     may be spread over multiple physical lines (newline followed by space
     is elided). Also mention that anything parsing the control file must
     allow for a multi-line uploaders field.                (Closes: #148194).
   * Bug fix: "[AMENDMENT 12/04/2004] frown on programs in PATH with
     language extentions", thanks to Joey Hess.             (Closes: #190753).
   * Bug fix: "init script stop example should use --oknodo", thanks to
     Matt Kraai. Removed the example entirely.              (Closes: #346598).
   * Bug fix: "policy 12.5: Please recommend a sane practice WRT different
     gpl versions (was: Re: RFC/RFS: beef - a flexible BrainFuck
     interpreter)", thanks to Justin Pryzby. The subject leaves something
     to be desired, but polic should not attempt to enumerate all common
     licenses.                                               (Closes: #355263).
   * Bug fix: "debian-policy: Conflicting Architecture definitions", thanks
     to Hans Ulrich Niedermann. Punt to dpkg-architecture to providing
     legal architecture strings, since that's what is used by everyone
     anyway.  The version in policy was wrong, but that s=does not seem to
     have hindered anyone, which indicates that this policy directive was
     uneeded. Now the dpkg-architecture list is deemed authoritative, which
     it is, but the format for the string is defined by policy, and the
     current list of architecture strings is in an informative foot note.
                                                            (Closes: #357613).
   * Bug fix: "[AMENDMENT 06/04/2006] Make use of invoke-rc.d, if
     available, mandatory", thanks to Lars Wirzenius.        (Closes: #361137).
   * Bug fix: "no longer current regarding X font paths", thanks to Joey
     Hess                                                    (Closes: #362247).
   * Bug fix: "debian-policy: please prohibit circular dependencies, or
     mention that dependencies won't be respected during prerm remove",
     thanks to Justin Pryzby. Well, we did not prohibit circular
     dependencies. But we do now have a warning that In case of circular
     dependencies, since installation or removal order honoring the
     dependency order can't be established, dependency loops are broken at
     some random point, and some packages may not be able to rely on their
     dependencies being present when being installed or removed, depending
     on which side of the break of the circular dependcy loop they happen
     to be on.                                                (Closes: #362975).
   * Bug fix: "8.6.4. Providing a `shlibs' file: s/should create/must
     provide/", thanks to Christoph Berg. Clarified the wording.
                                                              (Closes: #341232).
   * Bug fix: "debian-policy: Chapter 6 - Package maintainer scripts:
     redundant info about exit status", thanks to Daniel Bonniot
                                                              (Closes: #349010).
   * Bug fix: "debian-policy: Refers to upgrading-checklist.txt instead of
     upgrading-checklist.txt.gz", thanks to Matt Kraai         (Closes: #349775).
   * Bug fix: "debian-policy: dpkg-gencontrol now uses -isp by default",
     thanks to Guillem Jover                                   (Closes: #359817).
   * Bug fix: "[PROPOSAL] unclear recommendation for debconf w/
     dpkg-statoverride", thanks to Eduard Bloch                (Closes: #199849).
   * debian-policy: please support Watch file as recommendation, thanks to
      Bluefuture                                               (Closes: #342611).
   * Bug fix: "[PROPOSED] Mandate http servers to provide httpd-cgi as
     relevenat", thanks to Uwe Hermann. This is already supported by the
     http servers out there.                                   (Closes: #117916).
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