DEP-5: comment field vs. license field
On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 06:18:24PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> > As example of free-form comments that do not need a field, there is
> > extracts of the correspondance with the authors when some points need to
> > be confirmed,
> This is a good point.
> > and the traditional “On Debian systems, the complete text of the …
> > License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses…”, which can be
> > inferred by the parsers themselves.
> Oh, hm. I was going to argue that this should be part of the license
> text, but that's a very good point. It's actually redundant information
> for a Debian-aware parser.
For a Debian-aware parser, isn't *all* the text in the license field
redundant when referring to a license found in common-licenses?
Nevertheless, there's certain text that Debian Policy and the licenses
themselves require us to propagate in debian/copyright. I don't see why we
would want to put this information in a comment instead of in the License:
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