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

On Wed, Dec 16, 1998 at 09:50:01PM -0500, Peter S Galbraith wrote:
> > > 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

Oops, didn't get this. I thought you were talking about a package only
containing the mode.

> emacs mode would be a minor part of a package (suppose TCL
> contained tcl-mode.el)

That's it. Then of course it is okay. But if you advocate for pcmcia-cs
depending on libforms (there is no xforms package anymore :-)) you have to
ask for a depends: here also.

> _No_ it isn't.  It contain the binary cardinfo.
> This matters.  This is what Debian is all about.

Sounds great. Could you please back up this statement by either citing the
policy or going back into history and proving that your way is the way
Debian handles stuff? I'm afraid you won't be able to.

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