The copyright file refers to the versionless symlink in
/usr/share/common-licenses for the full text of the GPL, LGPL,
or GFDL license. This symlink is updated to point to the latest version
of the license when a new one is released. The package appears to allow
relicensing under later versions of its license, so this is legally
consistent, but it implies that Debian will relicense the package under
later versions of those licenses as they're released. It is normally
better to point to the version of the license the package references in
its license statement.
For example, if the package says something like "you may redistribute it
and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as
published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your
option) any later version", the
debian/copyright file should
For packages released under the same terms as Perl, Perl references the
GPL version 1, so point to
The tag is present in Lintian version
That is the most recent version we know about.
We use semantic versions.
The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the
release tag in our Git
You can find the detection logic for this version at commit 23f836f. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check debian/copyright.