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Re: Bug#30739: When a tiny part of a package uses non-free libraries

On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Zephaniah E, Hull wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 15, 1998 at 02:40:06PM -0500, Brian Mays wrote:
> <snip>
> > Otherwise, I don't think that anything needs to be changed, however. =20
> > Splitting cardinfo into its own package is a bad case of excessive=20
> > package fragmentation, in my opinion.  Cardinfo comes from the same=20
> > upstream sources as the rest of the PCMCIA utilities, it is a small=20
> > program, and it will never be used without having the rest of the=20
> > PCMCIA support programs installed.  Therefore, I don't think that it=20
> > merits its own package.  Having an extra 24k of support data for a 12k=20
> > program seems a bit ridiculous to me.
> >=20
> > Unless someone strongly objects, I shall close this bug report as I=20
> > consider it not to be a bug.
> Consider this a /very/ strong objection...
I second this. I have it installed on a notebook recently and started to
play with a pcmcia modem card. Started cardinfo and only got the message of
a missing library. This is very confusing, I was about to file a bug...
When I've set up the hamm system (with apt) I did not much care about
recommends. Sometimes I install what is recommended, sometimes not. But I
find it very confusing to have a program installed, which does not work
because of a missing library. Once you have it installed, there is no
such message: 
"but I told you, libraryxyz is recommended, no see what you've done!"


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