[pkg-boost-devel] getting boost1.37 in

Thomas Viehmann tv at beamnet.de
Tue Dec 16 00:13:05 UTC 2008

Hi Steve,

Steve M. Robbins wrote:
>> The license seems to be homogeneous (no surprise to you, but
>> unfortunately not the case for all packages :)), but you want to add
>> lots of copyright notices (note that the FTP team does not require to
>> separate them out, just listing all copyright notices will do, you
>> should have
>> one line per copyright holders with the years in front).

> I just uploaded 1.37.0-2 with, among other changes, an updated
> debian/copyright.  I hope this is what you are seeking.

Closer, two comments:
a) The format diverges significantly from what is useful.
   I'd suggest to either just summarily agglomerate all copyright
   notices (as "Boost copyright") and then treat files under special
   licenses extra.
   Alternatively, you could also only group "modules" together. But
   doing a listing of every single file is not a useful presentation
   of this information.

  Example for this alternative:
    boost/accumulators:Boost Software License
      Copyright 2006 David Abrahams
      Copyright 2005, 2006 Daniel Egloff
      Copyright 2006 Oliver Gygi
      Copyright 2005, 2006 Eric Niebler
    boost/algorithm:Boost Software License
      Copyright 2002-2006 Pavol Droba
      Copyright 2004 Herve Bronnimann

   I would make an exception here to speed things up, but the next time
   around you should get this right.

b) The information is incorrect and/or inclomplete.
   There are files that are blatantly incorrect:
   This is a problem.
c) There are files labeled "unknown". Usually, copyright and
   licensing information of the surroundings are apply to them, so
   them listing as "unknown" is not a good idea. With above
   modification to the format, this is more natural, too.

Kind regards

Thomas Viehmann, http://thomas.viehmann.net/

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