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Re: Screw non-free.

On Thu, Mar 18, 2004 at 08:51:28PM +0100, Giacomo A. Catenazzi wrote:
> Adrian Bunk wrote:
> >On Thu, Mar 18, 2004 at 12:28:59PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> >
> >>I've started occasionally building powerpc non-free packages with a
> >>private sbuild installation (I should set up buildd too, but haven't got
> >>round to it). It's relatively slow work since I need to check the
> >>copyright files first, though.
> >>...
> >
> >
> >Are there any packages in non-free that don't allow rebuilding?
> I think in principle yes. I.e.:
> - non rebuildable binaries packages (binary only packages)
> - packages with license that don't allow you to redistribute modified binary
>   (pine and mozilla are nearly at this level)


> - packages that don't allow you to modify sources, and with actual buggy 
> sources
>   (not buildable with out libs, with 64-bit archs, with non popular archs, 
>   ..)
> Technically only point 2 are not really rebuildable, but you should check
> the other two cases, or you will loose time and resources.

Time and resources are not a problem.

It seemed I didn't express clear enough what I was asking for:

A package was built by the maintainer for one architecture.

Can I be sure, that the licence allows rebuilding it on another 

Your point 1 is not an issue, an Architecture: i386 (or whatever) in the 
control file handles it.

Your point 2 isn't a problem concerning my question, since in the case 
in question the same source package was already built on another 

Your point 3 might be a problem, but not a problem that prevents setting 
up autobuilders.

My main point was whether there would be legal problems to set up 
autobuilders for contrib and non-free if support of non-free will be 
re-affirmed (obviously not using the same chroots as the normal 
autobuilders since this might pollute building packages in main).

Currently redistribution via ftp is required for packages in non-free.
Perhaps the right to rebuilt a package on other architectures might be
an additional constraint that should be set on non-free?

> ciao
> 	cate



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