GPLv3 x lintian

Emilio Pozuelo Monfort pochu at
Mon Sep 10 09:50:23 BST 2007

(removing lintian-maint from CC:)

Russ Allbery wrote:
> "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.

Ubuntu Gutsy already has /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-3 (though not
Gutsy, and I don't expect it to be updated)

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

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