Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 190278
comical 0.8 contains non-Free unrar code
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:31 EST
Description of problem:
According to the specfile, comical used to call external unrar and unzip tools
for decompression. Unfortunately, newer versions moved to including the
decompression libraries directly. (Check the contents of your SRPM...) This is
a problem because unrar has the following restrictions:
2. The unRAR sources may be used in any software to handle RAR
archives without limitations free of charge, but cannot be used
to re-create the RAR compression algorithm, which is proprietary.
Distribution of modified unRAR sources in separate form or as a
part of other software is permitted, provided that it is clearly
stated in the documentation and source comments that the code may
not be used to develop a RAR (WinRAR) compatible archiver.
3. The unRAR utility may be freely distributed. No person or company
may charge a fee for the distribution of unRAR without written
permission from the copyright holder.
Neither of these is acceptable for Fedora Extras. Unrar itself isn't currently
in Extras either: it's available from Livna, indicating that the packager
considered it unacceptable for Extras too. And the comical FE specfile itself
also says that unrar isn't acceptable for Extras.
(Note that the "Requires: unzip" is also redundant due to this change.)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
These are very valid points, I didn't even catch that. Looks like this package
is going into Livna. :/
Now can someone request removal from Extras?
Comical is gone from Extras. Closing.