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Using dpkg I created some debian packages containing self-written libraries that install without problems. But when I try to run lintian on one of them, I just get the following error:

warning: tainted binary package 'name of package', skipping

What does tainted binary package mean? I cannot find a description for this error anywhere.

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At a guess it means something for which either the source is unavailable, or the license is not considered GPL-compatible (assuming a similar meaning to kernel taint). – chronitis Feb 28 '13 at 13:26
A lot of official packages don't even have a license file. Not sure what you mean with no source available. But the Source field actually was the problem. – ifschleife Mar 1 '13 at 10:35
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In the control file, the Source field was set to the project path in our version control system. That path contained slashes of course, which is obviously not allowed. That error message sure could be a bit more precise.

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