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Re: Bug#393422: Source package contains non-free IETF RFC/I-D's


On Sun, Nov 19, 2006 at 06:28:01PM +0100, Mike Hommey wrote:
> > Does your question apply to *all* of the files mentioned in the mail you
> > linked to?  I don't understand which files you believe are non-free and why;
> > some of the files mentioned are things like Microsoft Office documents,
> > which are fine for main.  Others are sourceless executables for other
> > platforms, which are not (and are also not etch-ignore).  I'm not sure which
> > of the remainder are questionable for Debian, so it's hard to comment
> > further.

> The mail I quoted is a starting point. Note that it not only applies
> to xulrunner, but also applies to mozilla (which will be replaced by
> iceape), icedove, and firefox (which will be replaced by iceweasel).

> I guess most of the Word files are fine, though clarification about the
> licensing of the document would be better (who knows, some
> documentations could have non-free licenses, like the IETF documents
> have). The OJI files, on the other hand, from what I can see, do lack
> source and are thus non-free.

What is an OJI file?  What would be proper source for an OJI file?

> The thing is that investigation is required on this issue. The other
> thing is that AFAIK, the files involved in building our packages are
> free. Which means that (AFAIK, again) only source tarballs may contain
> non-free files.

> Now the question is : do you think it's fine for etch or do we have to
> not ignore the situation ?

As said in my previous email, sourceless executables need to be removed from
the source package and are not etch-ignore.  I don't know what OJI files are
and google doesn't help very much, so I don't know whether these are more
like binary executables, or more like documentation.

So on the whole, this is not an etch-ignorable issue; particular files may
be etch-ignorable, but if you're going to have to prune the source package
anyway, maybe it's easier to just remove questionable files if you know
they're not used/needed, rather than spending time trying to determine if
they're ok.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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