Re: RFC: new policy on dependencies between distributions (was Re: need decision on packages with crypto hooks)
On Sat, 29 Mar 1997, Christian Schwarz wrote:
> On Sat, 29 Mar 1997, Andreas Jellinghaus wrote:
> > Christian Schwarz wrote:
> > ...
> > > The rules:
> > >
> > > o Every package in the free (main) distribution may only Depend or
> > > Recommend packages in the free distribution.
> > >
> > > o Every package in the non-free distribution may only Depend or Recommend
> > > packages in the main or non-free distribution.
> > >
> > > o Every package in the non-us distribution may only Depend or Recommend
> > > packages in the main or non-us distribution.
> > >
> > > o Any other package has to go into the contrib distribution.
> > by current policy a program goes into non-free, if it's policy doesn't
> > permit to put it on cdrom. even if it depends on a contrib program, you
> > still have to put it in non-free. that's because you can put contrib on
> > a cd-rom, but not non-free.
> No, that's not right. There are "contrib" packages that have some
> copyright restrictions (koules, picasm, etc.) that you can't put on a
If this is true then those programs are in the wrong place.
Andreas is more nearly correct.
The programs that go into non-free are all thos packages whose license in
any way restricts the distribution of the software (including selling CDs)
in source form. Those packages that should go into contrib are defined by
the section 2.3 that you quote below.
And according to the current Policy Manual, section 2.3 states
> that "Packages which depend for their use on non-free or contrib packages
> may only be placed in the semi-supported contrib section".
The rest of this discussion is really being driven by outragiously near
sighted import/export regulations, so be careful what kind of "technical"
solution you try to craft to resolve it. That way lies madness...
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