Re: Depends: and commands used in maintainer scripts
Joel Aelwyn writes:
> Because policy, unlike RFCs, does not use normative declarations such as
> SHOULD and MUST...
In the normative part of this manual, the words must, should and may, and
the adjectives required, recommended and optional, are used to
distinguish the significance of the various guidelines in this policy
document. Packages that do not conform to the guidelines denoted by must
(or required) will generally not be considered acceptable for the Debian
distribution. Non-conformance with guidelines denoted by should (or
recommended) will generally be considered a bug, but will not
necessarily render a package unsuitable for distribution. Guidelines
denoted by may (or optional) are truly optional and adherence is left to
the maintainer's discretion.