[Fedora-packaging] Duplicate files

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at math.uh.edu
Sat Nov 7 17:10:34 UTC 2009

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:Guidelines#Duplicate_Files is
pretty clear:

Duplicate Files

A Fedora package must not list a file more than once in the spec file's
%files listings. If you think your package is a valid exception to this,
please bring it to the attention of the Packaging Committee so they can
improve on this Guideline.

However, some packagers absolutely insist on duplicating license files
(say, once in the main package, and again in the -devel package) and
this issue keeps coming up.

Can we make a clear determination as to whether there are circumstances
where duplication of license files is permitted, and clearly outline
those situations in the guidelines?  My understanding of the current
opinion from the legal folks is that we must duplicate the license files
if there's no clear dependency chain between the packages.  Otherwise I
think that we have enough duplicated copies of the GPL floating around
and we should try to keep the number down where we can.

 - J<

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