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Bug#889820: debian-policy: 12.5, relaxed requirement for copyright location

Javier Serrano Polo <javier@jasp.net> writes:

> 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. [...]

Why would you not use the existing *-doc package construction, which seems
to accomplish exactly the same goal and is already fairly standard
practice for packages with large documentation directories?

> Additional benefits:

>      1. Putting this information in a separate architecture-independent
>         package reduces repository disk usage.

The additional metadata required for the extra packages is going to
eliminate any possible gain you would get here.

>      2. It helps to solve the Multi-Arch file refcounting problem.

We've already solved that by not allowing different versions of multi-arch
packages to be simultaneously installed.  To relax that constraint would
require dealing with far more than just the copyright file, and would need
a more comprehensive solution.  So this doesn't really help one way or the

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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