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

Consider this one a STRONG objection too...

AFAIK having some (even small) part of a package depend (and I don't
mean Depend:!) on a non-free library makes the ENTIRE package contrib.
So, split the package (and put pcmcia-cardinfo*.deb in contrib) or 
put it ALL in contrib. And be sure to make it Depend: on libforms.

Just my oppinion,
Federico (who thinks that suggesting a lib required to run a program
	  is not enought)

On Wed, Dec 16, 1998 at 04:12:39PM +0100, Christian T. Steigies wrote:
> 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!"
> Ciao,
> Christian.
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