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

On Tue, Jun 01, 2004 at 02:03:52AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
[... valid comments ...]


> > 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?

Okay, I have to admit, I only scrolled over the first 30
lines and gave up.
My fault.

> 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
> infrastructure.

"Debian packaging infrastructure" doesn't sound much like
copyright to me, but you know better, I presume.

> > This would at least mitigate the situation.
> Solving 20% -- at best -- of the problem doesn't strongly motivate me to
> work on this.

It was just an idea.
An idea to add some structure...
Okay, structure in one of the complexest packages in

> > 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.
> Maybe you can help Joey Hess implement the functionality.

Joey Hess, are you listening?

The idea is to make this whole thing optional, that wont
break it for others.

My basic idea is something like:

	dh_installdocs --put-real-file-in-this-package

Of course the option-name is too long, but it's the basic
And dh_installchangelogs could have the same option.

I haven't looked at debhelper sources since years, but my
quick presumption is, that it can't be too hard to add


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