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Bug#681419: Alternative dependencies on non-free packages in main



Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:

> The question at issue in these bugs is whether it is permissible for
> a package in main to declare a non-default alternative dependency on
> a package in non-free.  In other words, may a package in main have a
> dependency of:
>
>     Depends: foo | foo-nonfree

Yes, of course this is allowed.  The standard we expect packages in main
to uphold is that they are functional and useful without requiring any
software from outside of main.  The above construction completely
satisfies that standard. 

With respect to sequencing, my expectation is that all options in main
should be listed before any options that are not in main. 

Bdale

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