3rd party deb packages as being listed as "Proprietary" when opened

Asked by Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty on 2019-10-04

I've seen this with a few packages, including some of my own. When opened with GNOME Software, the license is shown as proprietary, even though the package is GPL.

Does anyone know why? Is this a bug, or a packaging mistake?

lsb_release -a:

"No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
Release: 16.04
Codename: xenial"

uname -a:

"Linux hamish-VirtualBox 4.4.0-165-generic #193-Ubuntu SMP Tue Sep 17 17:42:52 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux"

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2019-10-08
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What packages are you installing and where are you getting them from please?

Also, what is the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a

Thanks

Recently I noticed this with some of mine. Specifically, the one at https://launchpad.net/ddrescue-gui/2.x/2.0.2/+download/ddrescue-gui_2.0.2%7Exenial%7Eupdate1-0ubuntu1%7Eppa1_all.deb demonstrates this issue.

I've seen this on multiple platforms, but for this question I'm looking at an Ubuntu 16.04 VM.

lsb_release -a:

"No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
Release: 16.04
Codename: xenial"

uname -a:

"Linux hamish-VirtualBox 4.4.0-165-generic #193-Ubuntu SMP Tue Sep 17 17:42:52 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux"

Thanks

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