Re: Depends: and commands used in maintainer scripts
On Wed, Jan 26, 2005 at 01:21:38PM -0600, John Hasler wrote:
> Joel Aelwyn writes:
> > Because policy, unlike RFCs, does not use normative declarations such as
> > SHOULD and MUST...
> From debian-policy:
> 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.
As an additional note to this, the 'generally not be considered
acceptable for the Debian distribution' is for as far Sarge is
concerned, canonically defined at .
Jeroen van Wolffelaar
Jeroen@wolffelaar.nl (also for Jabber & MSN; ICQ: 33944357)