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From:
Dominic Hargreaves
Date:
September 30, 2014 23:33
Subject:
Re: metaconfig source control/distribution and Debian's DFSG
Message ID:
20140930233245.GK1024@urchin.earth.li
On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 09:27:21PM +0000, Raphael Manfredi wrote:
> 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.

Two reasons: the units are not distributed with the perl source
but in a separate repository, and the version of dist used doesn't
appear to be readily available.

Dominic.

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