[Fedora-packaging] Modifying upstream tarballs

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at math.uh.edu
Mon Jun 4 23:04:37 UTC 2007

I understand that there are circumstances where the upstream tarballs
need to be modified to removed content which is patented or cannot be
redistributed for some reason.  However, should that be the extent of
the permitted modifications?

Take, for example, this comment from a current review ticket:

#Original from http://membres.lycos.fr/agisite/prof.zip includes
#copyrighted executables. Generated new source by unzipping, removing
#DOS-related content, running dos2unix on the text file, and changing
#all filenames to lowercase for agistudio compatibility.

Now, everything except the removal of the executables could be done at
%prep time in the spec, and that's how we'd insist that things be done
in the normal case where the upstream tarball (or zipfile, in this
case) needs no modification. 

 - J<

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