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Re: possible deviations from GNU Guidelines

From: Sami Kerola
Subject: Re: possible deviations from GNU Guidelines
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:36:13 +0000

On Sun, 25 Nov 2018 at 12:07, Ineiev <address@hidden> wrote:
> Recently, Samuel Thibault pointed out that some parts of GNU hello
> don't follow guidelines for GNU package maintainers very closely.
> I checked the most recent release, hello-2.10, and it seemed
> to me that a few files weren't arranged as recommmended in [0].
> [0] https://www.gnu.org/prep/maintain/maintain.html.gz#Legal-Matters
> (I don't report against the current VCS HEAD because the results
> of bootstrapping could depend on the versions of software used.)
> In short, the guidelines say,
> * every file should have valid copyright and license notices;
> * if the format of the file has no place for comments, these notices
>   should be written in a README file in the same directory;
> * if the file is generated, the notice should at least say that it's
>   generated and what files it's generated from;
> * if the file is copied from another package (including GNU ones),
>   the maintainer who copies the file should ensure its compliance.
> So,
> contrib/de_franconian_po.txt
> po/fa.po po/he.po po/it.po po/ka.po po/nn.po po/pt.po
> lack a license notice.
> build-aux/prefix-gnulib-mk
> contrib/evolution.txt
> lib/memchr.valgrind
> po/bg.gmo po/ca.gmo po/da.gmo po/de.gmo po/el.gmo po/eo.gmo po/es.gmo
> po/et.gmo po/eu.gmo po/fa.gmo po/fi.gmo po/fr.gmo po/ga.gmo po/gl.gmo
> po/he.gmo po/hr.gmo po/hu.gmo po/id.gmo po/it.gmo po/ja.gmo po/ka.gmo
> po/ko.gmo po/lv.gmo po/ms.gmo po/nb.gmo po/nl.gmo po/nn.gmo po/pl.gmo
> po/pt_BR.gmo po/pt.gmo po/ro.gmo po/ru.gmo po/sk.gmo po/sl.gmo
> po/sr.gmo po/sv.gmo po/th.gmo po/tr.gmo po/uk.gmo po/vi.gmo
> po/zh_CN.gmo po/zh_TW.gmo
> po/hello.pot
> po/Makevars
> po/address@hidden po/address@hidden
> po/insert-header.sin po/remove-potcdate.sin po/Rules-quot
> ChangeLog
> README-release
> lack copyright and license notices.
> Do I misinterpret anything?

Sounds about right. I'll sort copyright and license notices sometime
soonish. And I suppose GNU Hello release is needed after that.

Sami Kerola

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