Introduction

FTP Team decided it is not allowed to ship waf "binary" as-is into source tarballs available in main component of the archive.

waf "binary" is basically a Python script with an embedded bzip2 tarball unpacked at runtime. A more detailed explanation about it is available here.

How to unpack waf

Here is a quick-and-dirty recipe to generate a unpacked waf instance in your source tarball:

./waf --help &> /dev/null
mv .waf-*/* .
sed -i '/^#==>$/,$d' waf
rmdir .waf-*

Also, you will need to remove generated .pyc files during clean phase in the expanded dirs (waflib, wafadmin,...):

find waflib wafadmin -name "*.pyc" -delete

get-orig-source

You can add this to your debian/rules to repack the upstream tarball without waf:

# get-orig-source to drop waf
upstream_version ?= $(shell dpkg-parsechangelog  --show-field=Version | sed -rne 's/^([0-9.]+)(\+dfsg\d+)?.*$$/\1/p')
dfsg_version = $(upstream_version)+dfsg1
pkg = $(shell dpkg-parsechangelog --show-field=Source)

get-orig-source:
        uscan --noconf --force-download --rename --repack --download-current-version --destdir=.
        tar -xzf $(pkg)_$(upstream_version).orig.tar.gz
        mv $(pkg)-$(upstream_version) $(pkg)-$(dfsg_version)
        cd $(pkg)-$(dfsg_version) ; python waf --help > /dev/null
        mv $(pkg)-$(dfsg_version)/.waf-*/* $(pkg)-$(dfsg_version)
        sed -i '/^#==>$$/,$$d' $(pkg)-$(dfsg_version)/waf
        rmdir $(pkg)-$(dfsg_version)/.waf-*
        GZIP="-9fn" tar -czf $(pkg)_$(dfsg_version).orig.tar.gz $(pkg)-$(dfsg_version)
        rm -rf $(pkg)-$(dfsg_version)

for the uscan to work, you also need to demangle the destination file in debian/watch:

opts=dversionmangle=s/\+dfsg\d+$// \
  http://some.site.org/some/path/foobar-(.+)\.tar\.gz

Don't forget that the files you've extracted from the archive are under the same license as the original waf file, even though they are now separated from the license statement. Add something similar to the following to your debian/copyright file:

Files: waf waflib/*
Copyright: © 2005-2010 Thomas Nagy
License: BSD-3-clause

License: BSD-3-clause
 Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
 modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
 are met:
 .
 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
    notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
 .
 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
    notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
    documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
 .
 3. The name of the author may not be used to endorse or promote products
    derived from this software without specific prior written permission.
 .
 THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR
 IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
 WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE
 DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT,
 INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
 (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR
 SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION)
 HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT,
 STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING
 IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE
 POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

It would be a good idea to check the years against the original waf file to ensure that you're presenting the correct copyright details.