Re: Question about linux-wlan-ng-firmware in main
Bas Wijnen <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 30, 2006 at 03:26:56PM +0200, Frank K?ster wrote:
>> No, it wasn't. As long as I can remember, packages which contained a
>> small part of contrib material, which was not crucial for the function
>> of the package as a whole, can go to main. Look at the policy:
>> ,---- 2.2.1 The main category
>> | Every package in main must comply with the DFSG (Debian Free Software
>> | Guidelines).
>> | In addition, the packages in main
>> | * must not require a package outside of main for compilation or
>> | execution (thus, the package must not declare a "Depends",
>> | "Recommends", or "Build-Depends" relationship on a non-main
>> | package),
>> This explicitly does *not* mention "Suggests".
> Packages containing some contrib material, without which the package functions
> well, can indeed go in main AFAIK. However, if I understand the situation
> correctly, this package is completely useless without the non-free firmware if
> you happen to have a device which needs it.
It seems we are confusing source packages and binary packages here. The
source package is linux-wlan-ng, and this clearly has a use
independently of any non-free files. The binary package is
linux-wlan-ng-firmware, and this is only a downloader.
> Then again, this sounds pretty much like a thing for debian-legal. :-)
I rather think it's a technical question: Can a source package in main
produce one binary package that is installed in contrib, or is the
separation done only on the level of source packages?
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