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Wcopyright-refers-to-versionless-license-file

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.113.26. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.108.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit a1e47cb. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check debian/copyright.

Visibility: warning

The copyright file refers to the versionless symlink in /usr/share/common-licenses for the full text of the GPL, LGPL, or GFDL license, but the package does not appear to allow distribution under later versions of the license. This symlink will change with each release of a new version of the license and may therefore point to a different version than the package is released under. debian/copyright should instead refers to the specific version of the license that the package references.

For example, if the package says something like "you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 dated June, 1991," the debian/copyright file should refer to /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL-2, not /GPL.

The following 61 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 63 times (in any Lintian version).

We found 6 overrides. The tag performed 90% of the time.