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Legal problems of unbuildable testing (Was: ... towards Debian 3.1)

On Sat, Nov 22, 2003 at 02:20:20AM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> * it doesn't build inside itself since build dependencies aren't checked 
>   by the testing scripts [1]


> [1] this doesn't has to make testing completely unreleasable, but in 
>     some situations this would e.g. mean that security updates are
>     non-trivial

And as I think I already mentionned several times, if we ship binaries
for a GPL'd, which cannot be rebuilt from the sources we ship, then
we're in violation of the GPL, since the binary obviously don't match
the sources.

Specifically, it says:

| For an executable work, complete source code means all the source code
| for all modules it contains, plus any associated interface definition
| files, plus the scripts used to control compilation and installation
| of the executable.

And the "special exception" for modules that are part of the OS
probably does not apply, since this package is itself part the OS.

What's debian-legal stance about this ?

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