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Re: [DB] is there a free Oracle API [was Re: what about Database?]

On Tue, Jun 11, 2002 at 11:14:21PM +0200, Florian Weps wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 11, 2002 at 11:06:20AM +0100, Daniel Silverstone wrote:
> > dbishell's support for Oracle is entirely a case of "If you have it
> > installed, then dbishell supports it" -- you'll notice that it doesn't
> > depend on oracle in any way to work normally, it just happens to know about
> > oracle from the sense of its internal online help and completion driver
> > information.
> > 
> > If this still violates policy then I will, of course, split the oracle bits
> > off into contrib -- but that seems pretty pointless since dbishell works
> > fine without oracle.
> Depends on what license the oracle bits come with, I guess.

Packages only need to go into contrib if they *depend* on non-free
software. Merely happening to have support for non-free software if it's
available (loading plugins on demand, for instance) isn't a problem, and
as I understand it dbishell is an example of the latter.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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