Comments regarding simple-xml_2.1.5-1_i386.changes

Fabian Köster koesterreich at
Wed Oct 14 12:18:59 UTC 2009

Am Dienstag, 13. Oktober 2009 22:02:00 schrieb Fabian Köster:
> Am Dienstag, 13. Oktober 2009 21:07:02 schrieb Sylvestre Ledru:
> > Hello Barry,
> >
> > Le mardi 13 octobre 2009 à 18:13 +0000, Barry deFreese a écrit :
> > > Hello maintainer,
> > >
> > > I am trying to get some clarity on simple-xml.  In debian/copyright you
> > > specify that the package is LGPL 2.1.  However, I cannot find any
> > > indication of a version of the LGPL the package is carried under.  Am I
> > > missing it somewhere?
> >
> > Hmm, I made that change but I cannot find the information where I found
> >  it... Maybe I made a confusion with an other package. LGPL without
> > version is OK or should we get in touch with upstream on that point ?
> I will contact upstream on this and also about the release folder structure
>  to correctly work with uscan.

In the sourcecode files of simple-xml the following header is given:

 * Copyright (C) 2007, Niall Gallagher <niallg at>
 * This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
 * modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
 * License as published by the Free Software Foundation.
 * This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 * GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.
 * You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General
 * Public License along with this library; if not, write to the
 * Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330,
 * Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA

It does not specify any special version of the LGPL, so according to the 
license text of the LGPL [1], section 13:

"13. The Free Software Foundation may publish revised and/or new versions of 
the Lesser General Public License from time to time. Such new versions will be 
similar in spirit to the present version, but may differ in detail to address 
new problems or concerns. 
 Each version is given a distinguishing version number. If the Library 
specifies a version number of this License which applies to it and "any later 
version", you have the option of following the terms and conditions either of 
that version or of any later version published by the Free Software 
Foundation. If the Library does not specify a license version number, you may 
choose any version ever published by the Free Software Foundation."

That means one can choose "any version ever published by the Free Software 
Foundation". I do not know, how to represent this in Debian.


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