Control: severity -1 wishlist
Control: tags -1 + wontfix


2017-08-11 20:25 GMT+02:00 Thomas Charron <>:
> Package: libsdl1.2debian
> Version: 1.2.15+dfsg1-4
> Severity: important
> Dear Maintainer,
>   After inspecting my application for library issues, I found that it uses
> this library, libsdl1.2debian, which in turn links to libcaca for ASCII
> rendering.  While the license for libcaca is permissive, IT, in turn links
> to slang.  Slang is VERY much GPL, which immediatly invalidates the GPL
> license of libsdl.  Technically speaking, any application which is using
> libsdl is infected by the GPL due to this linking.  Please either remove the
> dependency on libcaca, or have libcaca remove the dependency on libslang.

libsdl1.2 has been in the archive for over a decade, almost two, and a
few years after it's been deprecated I don't think that it's a good
time to remove this dependency.

You can use libsdl2, which apart from being what active codebases
should be using, it doesn't link against libcaca (I don't know if it's
supported, but nobody ever asked for it after a few years and a couple
of stable releases).

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <>

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