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Re: Debian patches

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Re: Debian patches
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2010 08:51:47 +0000

On 6 March 2010 23:39, Karl Berry <address@hidden> wrote:
> There are no "arguments", it's just a suboptimality in the legal system.
> At least (as I've said before), when I read the Library of Congress
> documents, I saw nothing saying that ranges were permitted.  I've also
> never seen ranges in printed books.  Finally, it was the FSF's lawyers
> who originally determined it (long ago) as the best/safest practice.

Maybe it would be worth adding a sentence about that reasoning (just
the "the FSF's lawyers think this is the safest practice" bit)? It
might help stop the quibbling. Jim think's it's ugly, I think it's
ugly, but until it's no longer in the GNU Coding Standards we might as
well stick to it to avoid this sort of waste of time.


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