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Re: metaconfig source control/distribution and Debian's DFSG

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From:
Raphael_Manfredi
Date:
September 28, 2014 12:13
Subject:
Re: metaconfig source control/distribution and Debian's DFSG
Message ID:
m021bp$aqe$1@tours.ram.loc
Quoting Dominic Hargreaves <dom@earth.li> from ml.lang.perl.porters:
:Any thoughts about the best way of making this cleaner, or why we
:shouldn't?

Recent metaconfig output the following at the head of Configure:

---------
# Note: this Configure script was generated automatically. Rather than
# working with this copy of Configure, you may wish to get metaconfig.
# The dist package (which contains metaconfig) is available via SVN:
#     svn co https://svn.code.sf.net/p/dist/code/trunk/dist

# $Id: Head.U 167 2013-05-08 17:58:00Z rmanfredi $
#
# Generated on Mon Sep  1 20:38:21 CEST 2014 [metaconfig 3.5-181]
---------

This clearly states where the dist package (which contains metaconfig)
can be found and which version of metaconfig was used.

The Perl distribution must come with its own set of units (in the U directory)
when it supersedes the default units or adds extra ones, so that anyone can
regenerate the Configure script, if needed.

Why would that be violating Debian guidelines? There are other packages
distributed by Debian which are using metaconfig, and that way of proceeding
has never been a problem.  Moreover, "dist" itself is also part of Debian.

Raphael

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