[Fedora-packaging] Modifying upstream tarballs

Tom "spot" Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Tue Jun 5 00:39:29 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-06-04 at 18:04 -0500, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> 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?

The only time we should be modifying tarballs is when the tarball would
cause us to ship something in the SRPM that Fedora:

- doesn't have permission to distribute
- doesn't permit because of its license
- would be violating known patents to ship

In 99% of the other cases, leave the tarball alone and edit the content
in the spec.


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