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

On Tue, Dec 15, 1998 at 02:40:06PM -0500, Brian Mays wrote:
> > pcmcia-cs only suggests non-free/libforms0.88, however it contains
> > /usr/X11R6/bin/cardinfo, which DEPENDS non-free/libforms0.88.  I think
> > it's DFSG violation.

No it is not. Policy says 

   Every package has to specify the dependency information about other
   packages, that are required for the first to work correctly.

I use pcmcia-cs for quite some time and never even tried cardinfo. So I
guess it is not required.

> Otherwise, I don't think that anything needs to be changed, however.  
> Splitting cardinfo into its own package is a bad case of excessive 
> package fragmentation, in my opinion.  Cardinfo comes from the same 
> upstream sources as the rest of the PCMCIA utilities, it is a small 
> program, and it will never be used without having the rest of the 
> PCMCIA support programs installed.  Therefore, I don't think that it 
> merits its own package.  Having an extra 24k of support data for a 12k 
> program seems a bit ridiculous to me.


> Unless someone strongly objects, I shall close this bug report as I 
> consider it not to be a bug.

Please do that.

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