Quoting Russ Allbery (2014-09-10 06:38:21) > Osamu Aoki <email@example.com> writes: > >> It may be good to have a set of specifically defined file types for >> exclusion in DEP-5 policy. Then we can skip listing them in the >> copyright file. The helper script can generate a template for the >> copyright file in line with the actual practice and not to contradict >> with the DEP-5 policy. > > The general rule of thumb appears to be that, provided that the files > are DFSG-free and don't pose any surprises or conflicts, there's no > need to exhaustively document any source files that are only used as > part of the build system and don't contribute code to the binary > package. > > I've wanted to document this explicitly in Policy for a while, but the > blocker is that I've never been able to get anyone to commit to a > clear enough rule that it felt like something we could put in Policy. > For example, I'm not sure if it applies to the build system in > general, or if it's specifically for Autoconf, Automake, Libtool, and > friends, which have very well-known and standard license behavior and > are common across vast swaths of the archive. > > If we had a concrete rule, we could document it in Policy. > > Personally, I just document the licenses of all of those files in my > debian/copyright files, but I also automated that (with a truly awful > and horrible Perl script). And I'm not sure that documentation is > really of much use. I do the same: document all those licenses in debian/copyright. And also noticed a strong pattern of those files when doing that across maybe 50 packages. How about - instead of codifying into Polict that some licensing is ok to ignore (which sounds very wrong to me) we instead recognize that some pattern of files are very commonly the same across packages: Add a DEP-5 snippet to /usr/share/common-licenses that is always assumed included in debian/copyright of any package. Concretely I propose the attached file for that. - Jonas -- * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt * Tlf.: +45 40843136 Website: http://dr.jones.dk/ [x] quote me freely [ ] ask before reusing [ ] keep private
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