As every responsible maintainer should know, having an updated
debian/copyright file is very important but can also take a
significant amount of work. A lot of copy & pasting, a lot of manual
corrections, and a lot of opportunity for human errors.
There are several tools that help with this, but they all have their
decopy is a newly uploaded tool (unfortunately too new
for stretch) that aims to:
- Detect as many licenses as possible
- Parse both text and binary files
- Minimize the work needed to keep the debian/copyright file up-to-date.
How to use it
In order to run it, after apt-get installing it, just go to a source package
directory and run
decopy in it. Depending on the size of the
package, it might take a while (the thorough processing means that a lot of
checking is going on). This will show you the generated
debian/copyright file in stdout. If you want to store it and diff
it against your current copyright file, use
There's more documentation in the README
More licenses are coming, the intention is to support all licenses listed in
the SPDX License List. Additionally,
the analysis will be improved to prioritize looking for the most common licenses
first, avoiding unnecessary delays.
More modes of operation are also coming. We are planning for a diff mode that
shows you only the changes between the current copyright file and what the tool
thinks should be there as well as an explain mode that will let the user know
what the differences are in a more verbose manner.
Credits and source
Decopy was mainly written by Maximiliano Curia. I've added testing,
documentation and packaging.
It's hosted in collab-maint,
licensed under the ISC license. We would love to get more contributors for it
Debian Women is proud to announce that it will hold a MiniDebConf in Barcelona on 15-16 March
2014, where Debian enthusiasts from far and wide will gather to talk about
the latest Debian changes and the Debian community, as well as to meet new and
The MiniDebConf is fast approaching, be sure to make your travel
arrangements! It is going to be an exciting event, in a beautiful venue, in one
of the most famous European cities!
schedule (still subject to some last minute changes) is already available.
The list of talks promises two days packed with great talks!
If you have an exciting idea for a talk, but missed the deadline, please
get in touch with us,
we might still have a slot for you.
We are still raising funds to cover the costs of running the conference and
to offer travel sponsorship to people who can't pay for it. Please, consider donating any amount you
can, everything helps!
If you want to attend the conference, but are unable to cover the costs.
Please contact us! We don't have a big budget, but we will make our best
to help. Naturally, priority will be given to participants who have an
About this MiniDebConf
We want to have a MiniDebConf with both talks and social events,
to which everyone in Debian is invited but where the speakers in
the talks are all people who identify themselves as female. We
consider this important to
- Encourage women who haven't yet given their first DebConf talk
- Provide role models for women who are interested in contributing
- Debunk the myth that there are not enough women who can give
talks in DebConf
The idea behind the conference is not to talk about women in free
software, or women in Debian, but rather to make discussion about
Debian subjects more inclusive for women. If you agree with this
goal, spread the word. Forward this announcement and help us make this
event a great success!
About our sponsors
This event is possible thanks to the help provided by our generous sponsors.
In particular, we'd like to thank our platinum sponsor, Google.
We hope to see you in Barcelona!
For more information, visit http://bcn2014.mini.debconf.org