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Re: [PROPOSED] Change package relations policy to remove references to non-free from main



> On Fri, Dec 03, 1999 at 03:47:16PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > Suppose we were to have four distributions, instead of three: non-free,
> > contrib, main and gpl-only. gpl-only being that subset of main which is
> > gpl-compatible.
> If we create a gpl-compatible, it will be for developers more than
> end users.  Which means that for gpl-compatible the source packages
> are much more interesting than the binary .deb files.  So I don't
> see that this should be an issue there.

libfoo-dev binary packages would be relevent, I'd think, and for reference
there are a number of things that suggest them. *shrug*

> Once again: why are we talking about making our package meta-data
> specification more complicated to support a small subset of non-free
> packages?

Eh? The only `specification' change that I'd even vaguely want would be
an addition to the Packaging Manual section 8.2 something like:

     `Suggests'
          This is used to declare that one package may be more useful with
          one or more others. Using this field tells the packaging system
          and the user that the listed packages are be related to this one
          and can perhaps enhance its usefulness, but that installing this
          one without them is perfectly reasonable.

*         `dselect' will offer [available] sugg[e]sted packages to the
          system administrator when they select the suggesting package,
          but the default is not to install the suggested package.

As far as `Enhances:' goes, it would be useful even just within main, and
seems a useful addition to our package meta-data in its own right.

Cheers,
aj

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