Bug#785514: RFS: ming/1:0.4.7-1 [RC]

Vincent Cheng vcheng at debian.org
Mon May 18 03:41:02 UTC 2015

Hi Gabriele,

On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 3:43 AM, Gabriele Giacone <1o5g4r8o at gmail.com> wrote:
> Package: sponsorship-requests
> Severity: important
> Dear mentors,
>   I am looking for a sponsor for my package "ming"
>  * Package name    : ming
>    Version         : 1:0.4.7-1
>    Upstream Author : The Ming Development Team
>  * URL             : http://www.libming.org/
>  * License         : LGPL-2.1
>    Section         : libs
>   It builds those binary packages:
>    libming1   - Library to generate SWF (Flash) Files
>    libming-dev - Library to generate SWF (Flash) Files (development files)
>    libming-util - Library to generate SWF (Flash) Files - Utilities
>    libswf-perl - Ming (SWF) module for Perl
>    ming-fonts-dejavu - Ming format DejaVue Fonts
>    ming-fonts-opensymbol - Ming format Opensymbol Fonts
>    php5-ming  - Ming module for php5
>    python-ming - Ming (SWF) module for Python
>   DSC: http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/m/ming/ming_0.4.7-1.dsc
>   Git repo: https://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/pkg-flash/ming.git
>   Changes since the last upload:
>  ming (1:0.4.7-1) unstable; urgency=medium
>    * New upstream release.
>      + Change php bindings license from PHP to LGPL-2.1+ (Closes: #752629).
>    * Convert d/copyright to format 1.0.
>      + Update php extension license.
>    * Remove 04_bison 05_hurd 06_ungif patches, applied upstream.
>    * Switch to 3.0 (quilt) format.
>    * Remove non debian/ changes.
>    * Add Vcs-* fields.
>    * B-D on debhelper >= 9.
>    * Switch to Debian Flash Team maintainship. Add myself to Uploaders.
>    * Enable hardening.
>    * Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.6 (no changes).
>  Current maintainer Stuart Anderson (CC'ed along with pkg-flash team)
>  about team maintenance:
>   https://bugs.debian.org/752716#67

About the re-licensing of php_ext/ming.c and php_ext/php_ming.h, does
the relevant Github issue [1] mean that the re-licensing wasn't
actually ACK-ed by all the contributors of these files? This sounds
like this might be a blocker?

- various files in e.g. src/blocks/ are also copyrighted by Klaus
Rechert, not just the specific stanzas you've listed in d/copyright
- perl_ext/SWF/BinaryData.pm:# Copyright (c) 2009 Albrecht Kleine
- a small portion of ch/pkgcreate.ch is Copyright 2005
SoftIntegration, Inc., public domain
- java_ext/* doesn't seem to be licensed under LGPL-2.1+ as claimed by
d/copyright, but under this license instead:

This software is copyright 2001 E-Publishing Group Inc.  Permission is granted
to use the code and/or make changes to the code provided that the original
copyright and author attribution is included in each file.

The license does not make any warranty of liability, merchantability, or
fitness for any specific purpose.

Please contact the author <jshore at e-shuppan.com> if you have any questions
about the license or the software.

- debian/ming-fonts-{dejavu,opensymbol}.copyright not converted to
DEP-5; that's fine, although it's worth pointing out that
ming-fonts-opensymbol.copyright has an unversioned symlink to the

There's a variety of other things that can be done to
improve/modernize the package, e.g. DEP-3 patch headers, conversion of
d/rules to dh shorthand, etc., but I suppose you want to tackle the
copyright/licensing issues as that's what got the package removed from
testing in the first place?


[1] https://github.com/libming/libming/issues/42

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