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Bug#681834: network-manager, gnome, Recommends vs Depends

Bdale Garbee writes ("Re: Bug#681834: network-manager, gnome, Recommends vs Depends"):
> Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
> >  * Overrule the maintainer of gnome-core, requiring that the
> >    dependency on network-manager be changed to Recommends;
> That would work.  
> I believe our goal should be to require that there not be a hard Depends
> relationship.  I would be equally satisfied if the dependency were just
> dropped, or if it were possible to craft a suitable "or" list of
> alternatives that network-manager could be the first choice of the
> maintainer among.  I have not followed the discussion closely enough or
> independently studied this situation in sufficient detail to know if
> this is possible, however.

That's a fine way to put the requirement.  But given that we can't
mandate that the maintainer makes the upload we should give explicit
blessing to weakening the dependency rather than doing something else,
so that someone who NMUs knows what they're doing.


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