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Re: Using the Names field to indicate that a work was copied from somewhere else (Re: DEP-5: additional requirements to use with upstream).

Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> writes:

> similarly to Lars' proposition to recycle the License and Copyright
> fields in the header, how about using the Disclaimer and Name fields for
> your purposes?

> Disclaimer:
>  All individual files with no other license statement are released
>  under this license.  Some files have additional copyright dates from
>  earlier releases or may be owned by other copyright holders as noted
>  in those files.  Some files are…

No, I would prefer to keep Disclaimer for its current purpose, which is
distinct from a free-form comment.

> And to indicate that some files are not the original work of the maintainers:

> Files: config.sub config.guess
> Name: Autoconf
> Copyright: © 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
>  2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
>  Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> License: GPL-2+ with Autoconf exception

> Files: zconf.h
> Copyright: © 1995-1998 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler
> License: zlib
> Name: zlib

I would not have guessed that was what Name meant without your message
putting it in context, and I would really like to be able to have freeform
text here so that I can say other things where needed, like the date at
which I last synchronized source or to mention that the files are slightly

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

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