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Bug#29194: Bug #29194: xfree86: have all XFree86 packages symlink to xfree86-common for copyright and changelog(s)

On Thu, May 27, 2004 at 11:19:13PM +0200, Elrond wrote:
> Hi,
> I was about to file exactly this bug since some time,
> finally I found it already existed.
> Note, that the situatuion is now even more interesting.

Well, not really.

> We have packages like "libxv1".
> 16k     /usr/X11R6/lib/libXv.so.1.0
> 177k    /usr/share/doc/libxv1
> And none of the three files in doc/libxv1 are unique to
> this package.

Yes, and we had packages with nothing but changelogs and the copyright
file in them even way back when this bug was filed.

> On Fri, Apr 23, 2004 at 12:36:44PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> [...]
> > It may be unwise to not physically pack copyright info into every .deb,
> Unless I miss something, most of the coypright file is a list of
> changes.

Have you read it?

Approximately 19% of the file is a list of changes.  The remainder is a
list of copyright holders and license terms that apply to the various
parts of the XFree86 source distribution, and the Debian packaging

> Those could be moved into say
> /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/Debian.changes.gz and copyright could
> just reference it.
> Maybe even with the note to update xfree86-common to the
> correct version to get the correct list. (or maybe the
> Debian.changes.gz should contain this note).
> This would at least mitigate the situation.

Solving 20% -- at best -- of the problem doesn't strongly motivate me to
work on this.

> If it helps, I will happily file a wishlist bug against debhelper.

That's your decision to make.  You'd be best advised to make it without
trying to predict what any particular package maintainer will do.  When
requesting functionality in debhelper, keep in mind the needs of the
vast majority of Debian packages.

> *g* Not to mention, that the maintainer for debhelper is
> the submitter of this bug ;o))

Yes, I've been aware of that since the day he submitted it.

> > Tagging wontfix, as I haven't the courage to explore this particular
> > frontier.  If you no longer feel this should be done, please close the
> > bug.
> Well, if a second opinion counts something:
> I'd like this to happen too.

Maybe you can help Joey Hess implement the functionality.

G. Branden Robinson                |     I'm not going to waste my precious
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     flash memory with Perl when I can
branden@debian.org                 |     do so much more with it.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- Joey Hess

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