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

Michael Meskes wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 16, 1998 at 10:13:10AM -0500, Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> > However, it's true that we don't strictly list all dependencies
> > which would make the contents of a package useful.  For example,
> > We may include html docs without _depending_ on a web browser.
> May be okay as you can read them as ascii files.

> > We may include an emacs mode and only _suggest_ emacs.
> That IMO is plain wrong. You cannot use an emacs mode without emacs.

Huh? You are advocating that it's okay to ship a package that
depends on non-free software in main by _suggesting_ the non-free
dependency instead of _depending on it, yet you think that a
package should depend on emacs if it includes an emacs-mode (as a
small component of the package).  Perhaps I wasn't clear that the
emacs mode would be a minor part of a package (suppose TCL
contained tcl-mode.el)

I don't get it.

> > your packaging of pcmcia-cs).  We should be adamant that `main'
> > should be about _free_ software; cardinfo isn't.
> But pcmcia-cs is. And putting it into contrib doesn't look right, does it?

_No_ it isn't.  It contain the binary cardinfo.
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