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RFC: relaxation of debian-emacs-policy dependency requirements

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I've been looking in to some of the issues surrounding current policy,
and one common, long-standing complaint has been about the requirement
that add-on packages depend either on emacsen, or on some combination of
emacs flavors.

That requirement is what has led to the proliferation of tiny foo-el
packages, since maintainers (understandably) don't want to add a very
large dependency on say emacs23 to some package that otherwise only has
incidental emacs relevance.

After some investigation, it looks like we might be able to change
policy to just require add-on packages to depend on emacsen-common,
which is reasonably small, ~150k, and could probably become smaller if

As yet, I haven't been able to come up with a good argument against
relaxing the requirement, and I suspect doing so might obviate the need
for many, if not all of the separate foo-el helper packages.

Rob Browning
rlb @defaultvalue.org and @debian.org
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