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Bug#681419: Alternative main->non-free dependencies text

On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 11:43:26AM +0200, Andreas Barth wrote:
> >   9. When it is necessary to provide a reference in a Depends or
> >      Recommends from main to non-free, this should be done via a
> >      neutrally named virtual package. When depending on such a virtual
> >      package, other packages should specify a real package in main as
> >      the first alternative, e.g.
> >      "Depends: package-in-main | virtual-interface".
> The second is already part of the policy,

Uhm, not really. Policy certainly has provisions to ensure that
non-virtual alternatives are provided in combination with virtual ones
where needed. But my point with the observation above is to ensure that
the non-virtual alternative *is in main*. As far as I can tell Policy is
silent about that.

Therefore it seems to me that if you don't say anything about this (IMHO
very important) detail in the resolution, the risk of losing explicit
preferences for packages in main along the way will become real.


PS I forgot to Cc: the bug log in my previous mail; I'll now bounce that
   mail to the bug log for the sake of easier retrieval with bts(1)
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