GPLv3 x lintian

Russ Allbery rra at
Mon Sep 10 04:12:19 BST 2007

"Luis Furquim" <luisfurquim at> writes:

> The problem is that my package is GPLv3 licensed and lintian threw the
> error message copyright-should-refer-to-common-license-file-for-gpl and
> in my Ubuntu Feisty Fawn box I found no GPLv3 license in the common
> license directory. So if I refer to that directory, I will change my
> package license to GPLv2. In the other hand, if I do not refer to this
> directory, lintian tells me that my DEB package is not ok with the
> debian policies.

lintian is primarily a Debian package checker, and the current Debian
base-files includes the GPLv3.  I expect that Ubuntu will follow.  The
correct long-term solution for your package is to refer to the copy of the
GPLv3 in common-licenses.

I can't really comment on the Ubuntu short term, since I don't know much
about Ubuntu's licensing and copyright policies.

Russ Allbery (rra at               <>

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