Re: Question about linux-wlan-ng-firmware in main
- To: Frank Kuester <email@example.com>
- Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Re: Question about linux-wlan-ng-firmware in main
- From: Goswin von Brederlow <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2006 09:15:13 +0200
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- In-reply-to: <email@example.com> (Frank Kuester's message of "Tue, 30 May 2006 17:35:30 +0200")
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Frank Küster <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> 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?
> Regards, Frank
Afaik they can and that is what should happen.