[openstack-dev] [horizon] python-selenium is non-free, Horizon shouldn't use it

Sascha Peilicke speilicke at suse.com
Thu Jul 4 14:28:52 UTC 2013

On 07/04/2013 03:55 PM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 04, 2013 at 09:34:01AM -0400, Julie Pichon wrote:
>> Hi Sascha,
>> "Sascha Peilicke" <speilicke at suse.com> wrote:
>>> On 07/04/2013 02:34 PM, Sascha Peilicke wrote:
>>>> On 07/04/2013 12:03 PM, Matthias Runge wrote:
>>>>> On 04/07/13 11:27, Thomas Goirand wrote:
>>>>>> Horizon seems to use python-selenium. The problem is that, in Debian,
>>>>>> this package is in the non-free repository. So I strongly suggest to not
>>>>>> use it for Havana. That otherwise would put Horizon into the contrib
>>>>>> repository of Debian (eg: not officially in Debian), or eventually,
>>>>>> remove any possibility to run the unit tests, which isn't nice.
>>>>> Thank you for the heads-up.
>>>>> Selenium is used for tests during development, it is not a runtime
>>>>> requirement at all.
>>>>> Would that still make it non-free for Debian?
>>>> BTW. this is identical for openSUSE.
>>>>> How did Horizon went into Debian packages at all, since the situation in
>>>>> this front is unchanged for at least a year (just curious).
>>>> At least here, our horizon test package just doesn't depend on selenium.
>>> This could help: https://review.openstack.org/#/c/35649/
>> Could you explain why Selenium is considered to be non-free?
> Assuming you're referring to the 'python-selenum' package in Debian,
> Google throws up this:
>    http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=636677
>    "the package ships some files which are not yet built from source."

This also matches our (as in openSUSE's) definition, python-selenium ships:


While in theory they could be build from source, it's simply too much 
effort. Also, it depends on selenium (the Java thing) which to my 
knowledge isn't part of any OSS distro because building Java packages is 
the biggest PITA of all. Usually, such packages are available in 
3rd-party repos. Still, we have to patch it away.
Sascha Peilicke
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