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Re: Cover Texts in the automake documentation

From: Ben Pfaff
Subject: Re: Cover Texts in the automake documentation
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 10:15:42 -0700
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Eric Dorland <address@hidden> writes:

> * Alexandre Duret-Lutz (address@hidden) wrote:
>> Eric:
>> | Is there any way you might consider dropping the
>> | Front and Back Cover Texts requirements from the manual?
>> Sorry, this is the FSF policy.  Not my call.
> Could you please point out where the FSF have made this policy?

    Documentation files should have license notices also. Manuals
    should use the GNU Free Documentation License. Here is an example
    of the license notice to use after the copyright notice. Please
    adjust the list of invariant sections as appropriate for your
    manual. (If there are none, then say with no invariant sections.)
    See GNU Sample Texts, for a full example in a Texinfo manual.

         Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this
         document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation
         License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the
         Free Software Foundation; with the Invariant Sections being
         "GNU General Public License", with the Front-Cover Texts
         being ``A GNU Manual,'' and with the Back-Cover Texts as in
         (a) below.  A copy of the license is included in the section
         entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".

         (a) The FSF's Back-Cover Text is: ``You are free to copy
         and modify this GNU Manual.  Buying copies from GNU
         Press supports the FSF in developing GNU and promoting
         software freedom.''

    If the FSF does not publish this manual on paper, then omit the
    last sentence in (a) that talks about copies from GNU Press. If
    the FSF is not the copyright holder, then replace FSF with the
    appropriate name.
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