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Packages without source?



Why are there packages for which there are no corresponding source? Given the number of packages which are not part of Fedora because they are not licensed in open enough fashion, I would expect that all of the packages which are available as binary are also available as source.

My latest run-in with this is xawtv, which I believe I got from rawhide, version "xawtv.i386 3.95-8.fc9" for which I find no source. It appears to be compiled in some "safe" configuration, with no mmx, sse, etc, and is dog slow. I attempted to compile the source from the original site, but that will not compile with the current FC9 or 10 gcc.

I'm more curious about why the source from which the RPM was built isn't available than anything else, I can probably build a static version on FC6 in a VM and move it over or just run it in the VM.

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Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot


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