Re: How to deal with teTeX's and texlive's RC licensing bugs
On Thu, Sep 28, 2006 at 09:35:11AM +0200, Frank Küster wrote:
> > Have I overlooked any other outstanding issues in these bugs, or missed
> > important details about any of the files?
> Not in the bugs, but since this all got very confusing, I stopped
> forwarding to the bug all problems I found. They are all collected in
> the Wiki at http://wiki.debian.org/ProblematicCtanPackages
> The ones not discussed so far are:
> | euler: LPPL according changelog, but no indication in file.
> | adrconv: No license at all for the documentation
> | antp: PD according to catalogue, no statement in the files, no
> | sources; contacted upstream
> | citesort.sty: no license statement
> | index.doc: no license statement - probably unused
> | dinbrief: lppl 1.1+, but with additional restrictions which are non-free
> | a4wide.sty: no license statement, obsolete, uses a4.sty, should be removed
> | bar.sty: no license statement except "don't modify", latex2.09, authors
> | are no longer at their listed affiliation => should be removed
These seem to have all been analyzed already. I guess there's no need for
me to say which ones are RC or not, the proposed guidelines should be clear
If not, please ask.
> > Once the files in question have been removed, are these things that can be
> > checked with rebuild tests? The main problem to worry about is packages
> > which need a style that's been removed and fail to build, correct?
> Yes, that's the main concern, and it should be testable by rebuild
> tests. The other problem is with packages that have an ordinary
> Depends, here tests cannot be automated. However, if the package is
> actually used by some people, but problems aren't detected immediately
> because the removed files are used rarely and a problem shows up only in
> certain circumstances, then I think the package can stay in main and
> only has a normal or important bug, correct? Bugs in mostly unused
> packages are likely to slip through, anyway...
Right, if a package (or feature of a package) doesn't get enough use for
these bugs to be caught during a 1-2 month freeze, well, the bug will be
there until someone does use it and reports the problem.
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