Bug#889820: debian-policy: 12.5, relaxed requirement for copyright location
On Wed, Feb 07, 2018 at 02:32:55PM +0100, Bill Allombert wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 07, 2018 at 01:43:08PM +0100, Javier Serrano Polo wrote:
> > Package: debian-policy
> > Version: 22.214.171.124
> > Severity: wishlist
> > X-Debbugs-CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
> > Copyright information, like changelogs and manuals, is not technically
> > required by software.
> > I propose this enhancement to section 12.5:
> > Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
> > copyright information and distribution license in the
> > file /usr/share/doc/package/copyright
> > or /usr/share/doc/source-copyright/copyright; the latter may not
> > be installed. [...]
> > [...] and the first package Depends on the second.
> > Alternatively, /usr/share/doc/package may not exist if the
> > package Recommends source-copyright, which comes from the same
> > source. [...]
> Let it be clear: this alternative is to ship an optional, extra arch-all
> package named <source package-name>-copyright that includes the copyright
> files and only the copyright files ?
> For what it is worth, I never liked the idea of publishing .deb files
> that did not include the copyright file.
> However your proposal has the benefit of avoiding spurious circular
> dependencies caused by the symlink option.
... However <package> will have to have a versioned Depends: on
<source package>-copyright for exactly the same reason: the copyright
file might change between versions and we do not want to confuse users
by allowing them to have an outdated <source package>-copyright package.
Imagine a large red swirl here.