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Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 09:10:23 +0100
From: Martin Schulze <>
Subject: Re: Warning: man-pages became non-free


I've been approached by Richard Stallman discussing the future
maintenance of (GNU/)Linux manpages, who asked me to forward a
question to this list:

"Who would like to distribute the free man pages without the non-free
ones?  If you are interested in this, would you let me know?"

Rest of my old mail quoted for background information:

Martin Schulze wrote:
> this is just a warning for those of you who shipt Free Software that
> is not contaminated by non-free components.  The man-pages project
> became inherently non-free as of version 1.65 by the inclusion of
> POSIX manpages.  It's license (not included in the package, though)
> permits redistribution but no modifications, which is not compatible
> with any idea of Free Software.
> Please see <> for an official
> announcement of The Open Group and IEEE.
> For Debian I'm stripping the non-free POSIX components off of man-pages
> and repackage it.  Thank got the manpages are collected in three
> directories distinct from the rest of man-pages, so stripping is not
> too hard.
> There's also a little thread on the debian-legal list, where I hoped
> that people would disagree with me.



Life is too short to run proprietary software.  -- Bdale Garbee

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