[Phpmyadmin-devel] Fedora does not permit including prebuilt Flash files (*.swf)

Marc Delisle marc at infomarc.info
Sat Aug 17 20:57:47 CEST 2013

Le 2013-08-17 13:03, Robert Scheck a écrit :
> Hello phpMyAdmin developers,
> from what I get, the phpMyAdmin server status uses flashcanvas.swf for some
> time already. However, Fedora does not permit including any prebuilt Flash
> files (*.swf) as long as we can not build them on our own during packaging.
> I wonder if the shipping of Flash instead of HTML5 and magic Ajax stuff is
> really intended at all, so aren't there any good non-Flash solutions? Or is
> the Flash only meant to be a fallback solution for non HTML5 browsers?

Hi Robert,
Having a look at the current 4.0.x version, flashcanvas.swf is used only
when the browser is detected to be Internet Explorer < v9, which does
not support HTML 5 Canvas.

Note that features other than the Status monitor are using canvas.

> ----- Forwarded message from T.C. Hollingsworth -----
> Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:45:21 -0700
> From: T.C. Hollingsworth
> To: Development discussions related to Fedora
> Cc: [Lots of package owners]
> Subject: Bundled Flash
> It's come to my attention that a number of packages contain Flash (.swf) files,
> but absolutely none of them have BuildRequires on a free software Flash
> toolchain, nor do any of them seem to be shipping the source for these files.
> :-(
> It has never been permissible to included prebuilt files of this nature in
> Fedora [1], and FPC unequivocally stated during today's meeting that they have
> no interest in making an exception for this.
> Please remove this prohibited content from your packages, or ensure that any
> included .swf files are built from source using a free software toolchain like
> `swfc` during the %build phase.  A list of affected packages sorted by owner is
> included below, and I'll be filing bugs for these soon.
> -T.C.
> [1] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:Guidelines#No_inclusion_of_pre-built_binaries_or_libraries
> [List of package owners and packages removed]
> ----- End forwarded message -----
> Greetings,
>   Robert

Marc Delisle

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