[Fedora-packaging] License Tag Draft

Tom "spot" Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Sat Jul 28 04:16:52 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-07-27 at 16:30 -0600, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> > Don't get me wrong, I'd be tickled pink if we did this, but it would
> add
> > a LOT of overhead, unless it was automatically generated at build
> time
> > and slid into the package.
> >
> I would like to try and help with this part. Having a PACKAGE-LICENSE,
> fedora-approved-licenses.rpm, and a find-licences.py would all have to
> be done together in some stage. The idea is to try and make the life
> of the maintainer, upstream, and the project easier in the case where
> unknown licenses creep in, an approved package gets an update that has
> a bad license in it (Someone changed foo-bar from GPLv2 to
> MicrosoftOwnsUv1 on this release..). The idea would be to make it as
> automated as possible, or at least create a report that the
> maintainer/the reviewer/the board/and the customer could read. 

I'm not going to write it into the draft now, but we can amend it as
needed when you've got this ready.

It seems to me there's a fair bit of code that would need to be written
to "find the licenses" before this could occur, but if you're willing to
try, more power to you.


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