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Re: DEP-5: general file syntax

Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> writes:
> Le Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 09:29:33AM +1200, Lars Wirzenius a écrit :

>> For Disclaimer, and Comment if we add that, it might be helpful to have
>> empty lines, but word-wrapping is definitely needed. Newlines are not
>> significant.

> some debian/copyright files contain extracts of correspondance between
> the maintainer and an upstream person, for instance when the status of
> some files need to be clarified.

> Would they be removed, transferred to a non-parsable section of the file
> (with a mechanism to be determined, for instance similar to DEP-3), or
> would they be suitable for comment fields (if we introduce them).

> In the case they are put in a comment field, ignoring newlines is likely
> to make them difficult to read.

I wonder if we should have some terminator for the machine-readable
portion of debian/copyright, below which is free-form supporting material
like complete e-mail exchanges and whatnot.  That seems to me like the
best way of handling the problem of attaching a complete e-mail exchange.

Those exchanges aren't the actual license or copyright information, which
can still be stated in a structured form.  They're usually just defenses
of why thet claimed license information is what it is (when it may, for
example, contradict or supplement information included in the source

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

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