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Re: Providing an easy additional way of avoiding uploading non-redistributable packages
David Holland <dholland-pkgtech%netbsd.org@localhost> writes:
> The problem I see with this is that it *looks* like it is a license
> filter (as in, it skips the license check only for packages whose
> license allows some form of redistribution) but it actually isn't. And
> that's bound to lead to a schmozzle eventually.
> So I don't think attaching it to SKIP_LICENSE_CHECK is a good idea.
> Wouldn't it be better to come up with a variable name that says what
> it actually does, something like SKIP_NONDISTRIBUTABLE_BINS=yes?
A fair point.
> (also, it should probably check NO_BIN_ON_CDROM as well, although I
> don't know why they'd be set differently except by accident...)
The difference between CDROM and FTP is that there is a notion that
someone might put a bunch of stuff on a CDROM and sell it for $20,
perhaps mailed, as a copying/hassle charge, whereas FTP is at no
charge.* Some licenses might permit no-cost FTP and don't permit
nomimal-copy charge CDROM, and I think there are such licenses in
* Yes, I realize someone could charge a subscription fee for an FTP
> (also I'm not sure if filtering these packages at build time is a good
> idea, it pretty much guarantees that they'll stop building eventually)
There are two separate questions:
it would be nice if someone did bulk builds that included even
non-distributable packages, so we'd notice, and fix or remove
any given person doing builds might want to just ignore packages that
have non-redistributable binaries, and I think that should be easily
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