[tex-live] texi2dvi in executable path?

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Wed Oct 5 02:30:53 CEST 2011

Hi everyone,

On Mo, 03 Okt 2011, Siep Kroonenberg wrote:
> On my Ubuntu system I have a package texinfo-doc-nonfree. Debian has
> its own standard of free. The converters and some of the
> documentation are Debian-free, but other pieces of the documentation
> are not.

On Mo, 03 Okt 2011, Robin Fairbairns wrote:
> i wonder what it's using that is non-free; the main texinfo
> documentation file bears a statement of availability under gpl, and the
> readme in the same directory says it's all available under gpl.

That is not true. See Karl's answer, the documentation is under
GFDL with invariant sections.

> all very strange, but debian people are pretty picky about licences.
> maybe they've found a non-gpl full stop somewhere.

There is no picky or not picky, it is only that by vote the Debian
Developers have decided (in 2006) that GFDL is to be consider 
"free for Debian" only if it has no unmodifiable sections.
See http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_001

> (of course, according to their rules, tex itself is non-free.  is tex in
> but istm that "knuth" licence isn't debian free.)

Again I have to correct you. TeX is free, also for Debian. The only 
non-standard clause is the renaming clause, which is accepted in Debian.

Or do you assume I could package TeX Live for Debian when it is non-free?

BTW, actually there is NO need to write all that, as simple 
"google that for me" would have shown everyone the straight things.

So let us please keep accusations, assumptions, and wrong statements
at bay, please.


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