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

Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
> It seems to me that there are two possible ways to do this:

>  - Somehow change the package metatdata so that the reference to the
>    non-free package lives in the non-free repo.

>  - Change the packager UI, websites, etc. which interpret this data
>    for users to not show references to non-free when they aren't
>    wanted.

Well, if we want to go this route, we could require use of a virtual
package in all cases like this.  Then foo and foo-nonfree would both
Provide: foo (and probably Conflicts: foo), and those who want to can
enable non-free and install foo-nonfree.

That was one of the options offered in the Policy discussion.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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