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Re: Debian vs Red Hat??? I need info.



On Fri, May 19, 2000 at 02:52:16AM -0400, Will Lowe wrote:
> > So, it is not so much that Debian doesn't have permission to distribute
> > a modified binary package, it is that doing so would open up a whole
> > can'o'worms w.r.t. redistribution... so why go there and possibly cause
> > problems for Debian's distributors, eh.
> 
> That's exactly why it doesn't pass the DFSG test. It's really an
> almost-moot point, really, since apt-get has come along and can auto-build
> the package for you --it'd be tempting to have a fake pine package, which
> would simply "apt-get -b source" the source and then install the .deb
> files.  I think similar schemes have actually been discussed several
> times, always with the end result being that everyone thought that while
> doing so would probably be legal, it'd violat the _spirit_ of the thing. 

its also not trivially possible.  a package's postinst cannot call
dpkg/apt since there is a lock in place.

> This is definitely a FAQ, though. 

don't use pine use mutt :P

/me ducks

-- 
Ethan Benson
http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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