Bug#620109: Policy §3.5 (on Pre-Depends) does not reflect actual practice
On Wed, 30 Mar 2011, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> Package: debian-policy
> Version: 188.8.131.52
> Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > It has been discussed on -release, not on -devel:
> > http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2011/02/threads.html#00381
> > (I don't think it matters much given that all important stakeholders where
> > involved)
> No strong objection from me. I guess that suggests we should change
> policy §3.5 at the same time (to permit discussion of Pre-Depends on
> debian-release as an alternative to debian-devel, for example)?
I don't think so. The reason the discussion started on debian-release was
because the initial solution involved a dependency bump on libc6 (and
would affect migrability of packages). Using the Pre-Depends on the
multiarch-support package was later identified as an elegant solution to
That's why it was discussed there. Otherwise it might well be the case
that it would have been discussed on -devel.
BTW, that section say "should not" and not "must not"... you must allow
some flexibility in the interpretation of the sentence. You seem to be
very keen of interpreting it as a hard rule.
Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer
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