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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.

Hmmm. That contradicts what I got told the last time I filed a wishlist bug
asking for the policy to clearly indicate the normative usages. Oh well,
either times change or someone was mistaken.

I *like* normative usages. I just also like them to be obvious.
Joel Aelwyn <fenton@debian.org>                                       ,''`.
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