[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#851339: Bug#851339: fonts-firacode: package in Debian with non-Debian build dependencies
jonas at jones.dk
Sat Jan 21 13:13:09 UTC 2017
Quoting Fabian Greffrath (2017-01-21 12:39:17)
>> FYI, you are mistaken that C code is always "source". C is sometimes
>> generated from other forms, via transpilers or lexer generators etc.
>> It can also be obfuscated C code from the real C source (cf #383465).
>> So like C, OTF can be source or not source, depending on the upstream
> I find this by far the most convincing argument, although I still find
> it difficult to accept that it should make a difference for Debian as
> a mere downstream distributor. We provide many packages with fonts in
> OTF format and while this is acepted as a proper source for some, it
> is not for others because of upstream design decisions?
I agree it feels weird that some fonts are fine to distribute as-is in
Debian whereas other fonts using same format cannot - simply because we
are aware that a different format is used for upstream development.
But I believe this is not a unique oddity. A more common equivalent is
makefiles, some of which are hand-written and others are auto-generated.
"is used as source upstream" and "can be used as source downstream" are
different things, and I believe Debian Policy talks about the former.
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