Re: How tightly should main be self-contained?
On Fri, Oct 03, 2003 at 10:05:17AM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 03, 2003 at 09:40:27AM -0400, Simon Law wrote:
> > Some users have approached me about my packaging on tvtime, which lives
> > in main. It benefits greatly from libdscaler, a contrib package. They
> > are asking that tvtime Suggests libdscaler. I thought that the
> > appropriate thing to do was to have libdscaler Extends tvtime.
> > My impressions of the spirit of Policy 2.2.1 is that main should
> > stand alone, and should not recommend any non-free software.
> Well, that's correct -- and it /doesn't/ recommend any non-free
> software, it would merely /suggest/ it. :)
> With the exception of the recent aptitude bug, this makes all the
> difference between pulling in non-free packages by default, and
> informing the user by default that a non-free package is available which
> complements the chosen package.
Excellent. I shall change this behaviour then.