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|0003295||Doomseeker||[All Projects] Suggestion||public||2017-10-07 09:40||2017-10-29 19:12|
|Target Version||1.2||Fixed in Version|
|Summary||0003295: Rename LICENSE files to COPYING|
|Description||Currently, Doomseeker has license text in files named LICENSE and LICENSE.json.|
It's a GNU release convention to have the license texts in a file called COPYING. Sometimes you also find the LGPL text in a file called COPYING.LESSER.
I propose Doomseeker to adopt GNU's terminology for the files to possibly satisfy both worlds/release practices.
|Steps To Reproduce|
$ mv LICENSE COPYING $ mv LICENSE.json COPYING.json $ # Commit to Mercurial, done.
|Additional Information||https://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/standards.html#Releases [^]|
|Attached Files||0001-rename-license-files-to-copying.patch [^] (58,187 bytes) 2017-10-22 21:25 [Show Content]|
|I've tagged this to target version 1.2 because I'd like to know which convention to follow with the manual pages and copyright notice.|
|I have no objections.|
edited on: 2017-10-22 21:26
Patch attached. First time using Mercurial.
1. I think Mercurial needs to be explicitly told to track file renames:http://hgtip.com/tips/advanced/2009-09-30-detecting-renames-automatically/ [^] . If you don't do this, you'll lose history continuity for the renamed files.
2. The license files are actually being installed by CMakeLists.txt, at least for Windows builds. If you rename them without adjusting CMakeLists.txt, you essentially break 'make install'.
3. There's now interesting incosistency between COPYING.json and COPYING.LESSER. COPYING.LESSER is a standard name for a file containing LGPL license, however COPYING.json file contains a BSD license for the JSON library, which is baked into Doomseeker. Considering that COPYING.LESSER is a standard and COPYING.json follows the same naming pattern, even though it is something that we made up, then one, at a glance, could incorrectly assume that COPYING.json is some kind of a generic "json" license. I might be blowing the problem out of proportions, though.
Can we remove LICENSE.json from the root? We satisfy the conditions by including the copyright notice in the source file header and in the about dialog of Doomseeker. There's a distinction between "retaining" the copyright notice for source code and "reproducing" the copyright notice, so it should be fine in the about dialog.
If not, what do you propose the LICENSE.json file to be named?
I should read more and type less. The about dialog isn't the full copyright notice.
Do you still have a proposal for the filename?
|Per my comment in 0003308 the COPYING.LESSER convention is an LGPLv3 thing related to LGPLv3 referencing the GPLv3 vs including the full text. Since we're using v2.1 there's nothing that needs to be done there.|
We could've named it lgpl-2.1.txt, but that's out of scope for this ticket's suggestion. I'm thinking the FDL license file (if adopted for manuals) may be called fdl-1.3.txt.
Per Blzut3, closing.
|Were all other points in the ticket addressed? I was only referring to LICENSE -> COPYING.LESSER instead of just COPYING.|
edited on: 2017-10-25 00:23
If I somehow renamed the LGPLv2.1 license file to COPYING, but later there was LGPLv3 or GPLv3 introduced, it would create a bigger conflict with GNU's conventions.
If anything, I'd name it lgpl-2.1.txt but that's an idea for another suggestive ticket. I also plan on doing AUTHORS, Copyright, README and maybe other more descriptive files.
PS: 0003309 for the header problem.
edited on: 2017-10-25 00:19
We could name it COPYING.LIB.https://web.archive.org/web/20070626172140/https://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/standards.html [^]
Quote from GNU Coding Standards (2007)
|Personally I still find it more relevant to note what part of the software is covered by the license rather than what license it is in the filename. So I'm more partial to just string replace LICENSE to COPYING and leave the extensions (or lack thereof) as is.|
Unassigning myself from this for a while.
A possible problem I see with one file called "COPYING" with all licenses concatenated inside is referencing from a file such as a manual page, which would not be under LGPLv2.1+ or qt-json's BSD or GPL license. Would a manual page then have to reference to, let's say, a file named "fdl-1.3.txt"?
If we still did name LICENSE (LGPLv2.1) to COPYING (LGPLv2.1 and BSD), I feel like it'd not be exactly up to GNU's current practices or conventions (COPYING = GPLv3, COPYING.LESSER = LGPLv3) but on contrary a potential conflict.
I can't think what the right solution is. If COPYING.LIB is not the right way to call it (and referencing from README or COPYING to it for LGPLv2.1 text), then I'd close this ticket as denied or invalid.
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|2017-10-07 09:40||WubTheCaptain||New Issue|
|2017-10-07 09:41||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018457|
|2017-10-07 09:41||WubTheCaptain||Relationship added||related to 0003247|
|2017-10-07 10:46||Zalewa||Note Added: 0018462|
|2017-10-22 21:21||WubTheCaptain||Relationship added||related to 0003308|
|2017-10-22 21:25||WubTheCaptain||File Added: 0001-rename-license-files-to-copying.patch|
|2017-10-22 21:26||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018599|
|2017-10-22 21:26||WubTheCaptain||Assigned To||=> WubTheCaptain|
|2017-10-22 21:26||WubTheCaptain||Status||new => needs review|
|2017-10-22 21:26||WubTheCaptain||Note Edited: 0018599||View Revisions|
|2017-10-22 21:30||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018600|
|2017-10-22 21:33||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018601|
|2017-10-22 21:34||WubTheCaptain||Relationship added||related to 0003237|
|2017-10-22 21:39||Zalewa||Note Added: 0018602|
|2017-10-22 21:41||Zalewa||Note Added: 0018603|
|2017-10-22 21:46||WubTheCaptain||Status||needs review => assigned|
|2017-10-22 21:49||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018605|
|2017-10-22 22:10||WubTheCaptain||Relationship added||related to 0003309|
|2017-10-22 22:43||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018611|
|2017-10-22 22:43||WubTheCaptain||Status||assigned => feedback|
|2017-10-22 22:51||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018612|
|2017-10-22 22:51||WubTheCaptain||Status||feedback => assigned|
|2017-10-22 23:47||WubTheCaptain||Status||assigned => feedback|
|2017-10-23 04:18||Blzut3||Note Added: 0018617|
|2017-10-23 13:03||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018618|
|2017-10-23 13:03||WubTheCaptain||Status||feedback => assigned|
|2017-10-23 13:03||WubTheCaptain||Status||assigned => closed|
|2017-10-23 13:03||WubTheCaptain||Resolution||open => denied|
|2017-10-24 00:42||Blzut3||Note Added: 0018620|
|2017-10-25 00:07||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018622|
|2017-10-25 00:10||WubTheCaptain||Note Edited: 0018622||View Revisions|
|2017-10-25 00:12||WubTheCaptain||Note Edited: 0018622||View Revisions|
|2017-10-25 00:16||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018623|
|2017-10-25 00:16||WubTheCaptain||Status||closed => feedback|
|2017-10-25 00:16||WubTheCaptain||Resolution||denied => reopened|
|2017-10-25 00:19||WubTheCaptain||Note Edited: 0018623||View Revisions|
|2017-10-25 00:23||WubTheCaptain||Note Edited: 0018622||View Revisions|
|2017-10-25 00:23||WubTheCaptain||Note Edited: 0018622||View Revisions|
|2017-10-29 01:12||Blzut3||Note Added: 0018641|
|2017-10-29 19:12||WubTheCaptain||Note Added: 0018660|
|2017-10-29 19:12||WubTheCaptain||Status||feedback => assigned|
|2017-10-29 19:12||WubTheCaptain||Assigned To||WubTheCaptain =>|
|2017-10-29 19:12||WubTheCaptain||Status||assigned => acknowledged|
|2017-10-29 19:38||WubTheCaptain||Note Deleted: 0018600|
|2017-10-29 19:39||WubTheCaptain||Note Deleted: 0018601|
|2017-10-29 19:39||WubTheCaptain||Note Deleted: 0018603|
|2017-10-29 19:39||WubTheCaptain||Note Deleted: 0018605|
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