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

Sascha Peilicke speilicke at suse.com
Thu Jul 4 14:31:20 UTC 2013

On 07/04/2013 04:06 PM, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> On 07/04/2013 06:10 PM, Julien Danjou wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 04 2013, Julie Pichon wrote:
>>> "Thomas Goirand" <zigo at debian.org> 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.
>>> Why is Selenium considered non-free? The code is Apache-licensed, including the Python bindings.
>>> FWIW only a few of the unit tests use Selenium (and those that do, need to),
>>> and they're not run by default unless you set a flag to do so.
>> Yes, that seems like a mistake from the Debian packager as far as I can
>> tell. There's nothing that requires it to be in non-free.
>> (Cc'ing Sascha, the maintainer)
> Well, see this:
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=636677
> There are files not built from source. Also, when looking at the
> package, it seems that it isn't maintained as good as it deserves.
> #700061 was opened in 08 Feb 2013, and there's no answer at all from
> Sascha to this bug (which is RC).

I am sorry, but I'm an openSUSE guy. But I can tell you we had similar 
bugs :-)


> That well may have been the reason why
> this package was removed from testing on the 6th of march (according to
> the Debian pts). IMO, the maintainer should have at least answered to
> the bug.
> Anyway, what isn't explained in #636677, is what is non-free. So I had a
> look. To me, what is not built from source is what is in
> py/selenium/webdriver: there is a webdriver.xpi in the firefox folder.
> Though the maintainer should have write about it, so we don't have to
> double-guess (it should be clearly documented in debian/copyright).
> Which part of Selenium is in use in the unit testings of Horizon? Could
> we imagine that this part of the unit testing be made optional? Like for
> example, only if python-selenium is installed, or else the tests are
> gracefully skipped?
> Cheers,
> Thomas Goirand (zigo)
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