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Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX)

SPDX is a “standard format for communicating the components, licenses and copyrights associated with a software package”.


How to make SPDX 2.0 suitable for adoption by Debian?

Let' brainstorm here and create a discussion list on Alioth if there is interest --- CharlesPlessy

I'm interested in this for Debian Automotive because the automotive industry requires traceability for all its software. --- JeremiahFoster

  • We need a SPDX / DEP-5 converter.
  • * Agreed!
  • Full convergence on license short list (MIT/Expat, and others ?)
  • * What is the "short list" you're referring to?
  • Convergence on license exceptions.
  • Can SPDX describe the contents of a git repository ?
  • * This too would be very useful, a git <--> SPDX converter.


During the preparation of the 1.0 version, we normalised the short license names in DEP 5 and SPDX.