[debian-mysql] Bug#673528: mysql-5.5: source tarball contains Docs/mysql.info which is not DFSG

Nicholas Bamber nicholas at periapt.co.uk
Sat May 19 12:26:18 UTC 2012

Source: mysql-5.5
Version: 5.5.23-2
Severity: serious
Justification: Policy 2.1

Dear Maintainer,
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    * What led up to the situation?
debian/rules contains a get-orig-source rule that downloads the tarball
and strips out the Docs directory. Amongst other things the Docs
directory contains an mysql.info file (which is non-DFSG) and a missing
upstream ChangeLog file (which is DFSG compliant). The rule is not
particularly well documented and as far as I can see there is nothing in the
Debian packaging to say that the upstream tarball had been modified to
make it DFSG compliant.

  Now it seems that at some point I directly downloaded from upstream 
and that
it is this tarball that has been uploaded with 5.5.23-2. Also there is a 
debian/watch file which is broken. The debian/rules rules hard codes the 
  One possible solution would be as follows:
1.) Fix the watch file to strip out Docs/mysql.info and use a number of
working mirrors.
2.) Rewrite the get-orig-source rule to use uscan.
3.) Install the upstream changelog and remove the associated lintian 
4.) Upload a version 5.5.23+dfsg-1.
  -- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-1-686-pae (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

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