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Re: How to install OpenOffice 2.0 backport? Unmet dependencies

Rene Engelhard wrote:

You can use it with MySQL etc of course with unixodbc. but the internal
engine is hsqldb. which is Java. That's why it depends on Java, most
"normal" users would want the internal db...

Wait, "most normal uses would want" is "Recommends" (or even Suggests), not "Depends".

Policy 7.2:


    This declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency.

    The Recommends field should list packages that would be found
>     together with this one in all but unusual installations.


    This is used to declare that one package may be more useful
    with one or more others. Using this field tells the packaging
>     system and the user that the listed packages are related to
>     this one and can perhaps enhance its usefulness, but that
>     installing this one without them is perfectly reasonable.

But, if its really true that installing w/o Java is OK, then this is a Debian bug, not a backports.org bug.

In another message, he wrote:
Right. It doesn't. in sid/etch. There we have java-gcj-compat.

We don't in sarge. I of course could move the backport to contrib but
whether that makes sense is questionable. sarge-backports != Debian

Well, backports.org has a main/contrib/non-free split. It is confusing for these to be defined differently from Debian. Not only that, putting stuff in main which really belongs in contrib leads to problems like I had... Main is supposed to be self-contained.

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