[tex-live] license info in tpm file

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Mon Sep 26 13:27:39 CEST 2005

Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:

> Hi Karl, hi Sebastian!
> On Son, 25 Sep 2005, Karl Berry wrote:
>> This should be done in the Catalogue, not in the TL-specific capital
>> letters.  It already is, thanks to RobinF and others, for many packages.
> Wow, didn't know this.

To be honest, I wouldn't put too much trust in the information in the
Catalogue.  Just having come back from vacation I don't recall which
package it was about, but we had the case this summer or spring that a
Debian user found a non-free license statement in a file, although the
Catalogue said it was free.  I asked the Catalogue admins whether they
had an explanation for the discrepancy - perhaps a mail stating the new
license - but was told that the information was from before the
Catalogue was moved to Sarovar, and they had no information *why* the
Catalogue had this license information.

We have started compiling a list at


but it is far from complete.  My hope was that whenever we touch a
particular file, we look up its and its package's license and copyright
information and put it there, but we didn't get very far...

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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