Re: The invariant sections are not forbidden by DFSG
On Tue, Jan 24, 2006 at 04:55:19PM +0100, Frank Küster wrote:
> > It is not difficult to print two sheets - the invariant sections go on
> > the second sheet and FSF wins more popularity. :-)
> This is just working around the issue.
Yes, it is.
> Let the sheet instead be a coffee cup; in Germany Lehmann's sell
> cups with Emacs or vi commands on them. You can't add a second cup
> for the invariant sections, even if they fit on it, since people
> usually buy or donate (and use) only one cup at a time.
The same trick works here - one cup and one sheet of paper. Not
everybody will like that solution but it works.
> > You can structure the man-pages in a way that makes every single
> > man-page to be only a part from a bigger document. In order to fulfil
> > the requirements of the license you only need to include the invariant
> > sections in only one of your man-pages.
> How would that work technically? The manpages need to end up as
> separate files in /usr/share/man/man<section>/, needn't they? So you
> mean that there would be one foo_manifesto.7.gz, one foo_history.7.gz
> along with the actual executable's manpages?
> I'm not convinced that simply referring to the invariant sections'
> manpages in the SEE ALSO section would comply with the definition of
> "Secondary section" and thus of "invariant section":
It won't comply. Instead I am thinking for something like that:
foo_toc(1) - table of contents
foo_bar(1) - previous chapter
foo_baz(2) - next chapter
(c) 1994, 1995, 1996 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This manual page is a chapter from the foo manual. You may
copy, distribute and/or modify this manual under the terms
specified in foo_toc(1).
> But this would only work if we always distribute the whole thing
> together, and it works because the html page contains a back or contents
> link that ultimately leads to the invariant sections. If the document
> is GFDL, you cannot legally distribute just one of the html pages.
> And that's what we want.
> Imagine that AUCTeX's manual was under GFDL, and I want to distribute
> only file:///usr/share/doc/auctex/HTML/auctex/auctex_11.html (which
> deals with language support) in a documentation bundle about "Optimizing
> TeX workflow for i18n and l10n".
It is not inconvenient to distribute auctex_11.html together with the
> It might be possible to do this, but what if I don't want to distribute
> the whole thing? Like because I'm only interested in one particular
Yes, you have to distribute the invariant sections.