[pkg-GD-devel] status on libgd stuff?

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Sun Aug 12 15:44:15 UTC 2007

Pierre skrev:

> On 8/12/07, Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk> wrote:

>> I've packaged and uploaded 2.0.35.dfsg-1 to unstable. The "dfsg" part os
>> due to some of the cmake snippets containing copyrights referring to
>> licensing info not available in the source tarball, and also I am
>> uncertain if the Qt license used by at least one of those snippets (as
>> opposed to the Qt+GPL dual-license used by Qt itself) is actually
>> DFSG-free. Also the VMS makefile contains a copyright with too vague
>> licensing info.
> Which licenses info are you refering to? Nothing from cmake should be
> distributed in a package. It is also not used yet to build releases
> ready packages but only to run the tests suite.

In the tarball http://www.libgd.org/releases/gd-2.0.35.tar.gz the
following files contains a copyright note different from earlier releases:


The topmost file mentions the word "GNU" which may indicate that the
file is licensed as GNU GPLv2, but really that is too speculative, and I
decided to instead interpret the file as not properly licensed for
redistribution and thus avoided it.

The middle 4 files refer to licenses seemingly not availailable with the
source tarball.

The last 2 files listed above is licensed as GPLv2, but the actual
license seems missing from the tarball. That is AFAIK a violation of
that license - not for Debian, as we do ship the license once for the
whole distribution of packages. So I am only mentioning it here in case
you want to correct that as well.

> Please refer to Sean's mails. There is _already_ one repository. and
> we use it as base for our work. As far as I remember it is part of
> php-gd.

What mail more specifically?

I do understand that there's already a repository for your work
developing GD itself officially.

I am referring to a different, separate repository for the packaging of
GD and related packages for Debian.

You do not need to get involved in the Debian packaging of your software.

If you are interested in helping out (re)packaging GD for Debian, then
you are most welcome. But please do understand that this task is
different from that of maintaining the software upstream: As a minimum
it requires understanding and acknowledging the policies governing the
packaging of software for Debian.

If you are not interested in the details of packaging for Debian, but
want to keep a closer watch on our work, you might stil be interested in
subscribing to the Debian GD mailinglist.

I do understand that Sean is (or has been) involved in the upstream
development of GD. I do not want to get involved in that. For the
packaging of GD for Debian I intend to mainly grab your officially
released tarballs and build Debian packages from that.

Feel free to post any info from upstream development that you believe
might help our packaging process (i.e. making us aware of bugfixes that
you've submitted to your public SVN repository  and want Debian to
quickly apply, but for some reason you do not yet want to release a new
tarball of your software).

Kind regards,

 - Jonas

* Jonas Smedegaard - idealist og Internet-arkitekt
* Tlf.: +45 40843136  Website: http://dr.jones.dk/

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