[Pkg-net-snmp-devel] Bug#498475: Bug#498476: Bug#498475: Bug#498476: MIB files licensed under a restrictive license

Vincent Bernat bernat at debian.org
Tue Aug 25 17:52:03 UTC 2009

Hi Jochen!

OoO Pendant le repas du mardi 25 août 2009, vers 19:27, Jochen Friedrich
<jochen at scram.de> disait :

>> I have  found the fix in  SVN repository for  net-snmp package. Net-SNMP
>> comes with a makefile to download  and install MIB. This makefile is now
>> shipped in place of MIBs.

> That's true. Before uploading, I just want to add some installation
> dialog asking the user if the MIBS should be downloaded now or if the
> user wants to do this later or by hand.

> The same could be done for SMI, as well. Or both could even be
> combined (making libsnmp-base only ship the NET-SNMP and former UCD
> MIBS integrated into the libsmi MIB tree). This would at least avoid
> the need to store these non-free MIBs twice in case both packages are
> being used.

Yes, it would be  nice. libsmi is a bit picky on  MIB names. It does not
like the filename  being prefixed by ".txt" because it  does not seem to
parse the file to get real  MIB name (except if you explicitely load the
file).  On  the  other  hand,  some  people may  rely  on  the  complete
filename. I  need to think  a bit about  this. Maybe a simple  patch for
libsmi would do the trick. Upstream is easy to work with.

I also think we should try to  get a package pulling MIB (maybe the user
could  select  them  too)  that  would  be used  by  both  net-snmp  and
libsmi.  libsmi  seems  to ship  more  MIB  but  there is  no  automated
mechanism to fetch them.  Therefore, it  should be easier to use the one
From NetSNMP.
Make input easy to proofread.
            - The Elements of Programming Style (Kernighan & Plauger)
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