[Fedora-packaging] Duplicate files

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Sat Nov 14 15:46:02 UTC 2009

On Sat, Nov 07, 2009 at 11:10:34AM -0600, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> 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.

And it'll keep coming up in future too.

We are distributing binary packages which you can download
independently from
using just a web browser or 'wget'.  Web browsers and wget don't
understand RPM dependencies, and RPM files can be unpacked by a
variety of software, not just the rpm program.

Some of those binary packages have the license stripped from
them.  The GPLv2 clearly says you should not do this:

  1. [...] and give any other recipients of the Program a copy of this
  License along with the Program.


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