Debian Bug report logs - #558812
dietlibc: incorrect license in debian/copyright

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Package: dietlibc; Maintainer for dietlibc is Hector Oron <zumbi@debian.org>;

Reported by: Piotr Engelking <inkerman42@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 19:06:02 UTC

Severity: serious

Found in version dietlibc/0.32-1

Done: Thorsten Glaser <tg@mirbsd.de>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>:
Bug#558812; Package dietlibc. (Mon, 30 Nov 2009 19:06:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Piotr Engelking <inkerman42@gmail.com>:
New Bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>. (Mon, 30 Nov 2009 19:06:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #5 received at submit@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Piotr Engelking <inkerman42@gmail.com>
To: Debian BTS <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: dietlibc: incorrect license in debian/copyright
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:02:36 +0100
Package: dietlibc
Version: 0.32-1
Severity: serious
Justification: squeeze RC policy §1

The debian/copyright file claims that dietlibc is licensed under GPL
version 2 or later. According to the README file, it is actually
licensed under GPL version 2.

Please refer to the correct license in debian/copyright.

Please check your reverse build dependencies if all of them are
compatible with the correct licensing terms.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (400, 'unstable'), (300, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-rc8 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=pl_PL.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

dietlibc depends on no packages.

dietlibc recommends no packages.

Versions of packages dietlibc suggests:
ii  dietlibc-dev                  0.32-1     diet libc - a libc optimized for s
ii  dietlibc-doc                  0.32-1     diet libc documentation - a libc o

-- no debconf information




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>:
Bug#558812; Package dietlibc. (Wed, 02 Dec 2009 15:21:11 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to 558812@bugs.debian.org:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>. (Wed, 02 Dec 2009 15:21:11 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at 558812@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>
To: Piotr Engelking <inkerman42@gmail.com>, 558812@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#558812: dietlibc: incorrect license in debian/copyright
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 15:12:11 +0000
On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 08:02:36PM +0100, Piotr Engelking wrote:
> The debian/copyright file claims that dietlibc is licensed under GPL
> version 2 or later. According to the README file, it is actually
> licensed under GPL version 2.
> 
> Please refer to the correct license in debian/copyright.

The README states that the dietlibc is licensed under GPL-2, which
actually allows to apply any later version.  I do not see anything wrong
here.

 apt-get source dietlibc
 diff -u dietlibc-0.32/COPYING /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2

Where do you get the information from that upstream allows GPL v2 only?

Regards, Gerrit.




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>:
Bug#558812; Package dietlibc. (Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:57:09 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Piotr Engelking <inkerman42@gmail.com>:
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Message #15 received at 558812@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Piotr Engelking <inkerman42@gmail.com>
To: 558812@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: Bug#558812: dietlibc: incorrect license in debian/copyright
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 17:50:56 +0100
Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>:

> The README states that the dietlibc is licensed under GPL-2, which
> actually allows to apply any later version.  I do not see anything wrong
> here.

It does not allow that, licensing software under the "or later"
version of the GPL is just a practice strongly encouraged by FSF, see:

  http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#VersionThreeOrLater

Nevertheless, a quite large number of programs, many of which are part
of Debian, is licensed under a specific version of the GPL for various
reasons (usually dislike of the changes introduced in version 3).

If you believe that the author licensed dietlibc under GPL version 2
by accidental mistake, rather than deliberately, please contact him
and ask for relicensing.

If you have doubts on the interpretation of the GPL, you may wish to
contact debian-legal.




Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>:
Bug#558812; Package dietlibc. (Fri, 01 Jan 2010 01:00:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Thorsten Glaser <tg@mirbsd.de>:
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Message #20 received at 558812@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Thorsten Glaser <tg@mirbsd.de>
To: 558812@bugs.debian.org
Subject: Re: dietlibc und der API-Vortrag
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2010 00:42:47 +0000 (UTC)
Felix von Leitner dixit:

>Ich hab mal im CVS das README angefasst, aber werde wegen dieses […]
>jetzt keine neue Version releasen.

cvs -d :pserver:cvs@cvs.fefe.de:/cvs -z9 rlog dietlibc/README | less
[…]
revision 1.8
date: 2010-01-01 00:29:21 +0000;  author: leitner;  state: Exp;  lines: +4 -7
clarify that people can also choose GPL 3 of they want to,
remove mention of the now defunct binary repository.
[…]

The README now contains:
│The license for the diet libc is the GNU General Public License, version
│2 (as included in the file COPYING) or later.

So GPLv2+ is correct, as confirmed by the author.

“Normally, the only people that should close a bug report are the
submitter of the bug and the maintainer(s) of the package against
which the bug is filed.” ⇒ I’m not closing this, but you can.

bye,
//mirabilos
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Reply sent to Thorsten Glaser <tg@mirbsd.de>:
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Message #25 received at 558812-done@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Thorsten Glaser <tg@mirbsd.de>
To: 558812-done@bugs.debian.org
Subject: dietlibc: incorrect license in debian/copyright
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2010 15:19:43 +0000 (UTC)
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Hi again,

Zack says it’s okay for me to close this. For your reference,
the commit diff can be retrieved using the following command:

% cvs -d :pserver:cvs@cvs.fefe.de:/cvs -z9 rdiff -ur1.7 -r1.8 dietlibc/README

(Remember to export/setenv CVS_RSH to ssh if your cvs is not
compiled with that as default.

bye,
//mirabilos
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Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>:
Bug#558812; Package dietlibc. (Fri, 08 Jan 2010 12:39:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to Piotr Engelking <inkerman42@gmail.com>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Gerrit Pape <pape@smarden.org>. (Fri, 08 Jan 2010 12:39:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #30 received at 558812@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Piotr Engelking <inkerman42@gmail.com>
To: 558812@bugs.debian.org
Cc: Thorsten Glaser <tg@mirbsd.de>
Subject: Re: Bug#558812 closed by Thorsten Glaser <tg@mirbsd.de> (dietlibc: incorrect license in debian/copyright)
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 13:38:04 +0100
Thorsten Glaser <tg@mirbsd.de>:

> Zack says it’s okay for me to close this. For your reference,
> the commit diff can be retrieved using the following command:
>
> % cvs -d :pserver:cvs@cvs.fefe.de:/cvs -z9 rdiff -ur1.7 -r1.8 dietlibc/README

Excellent, thanks.

It may be useful to update the license on http://www.fefe.de/dietlibc/ as well.




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