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Bug#53755: [PROPOSED] policy for usage of "xserver" alternative

Package: debian-policy
Severity: wishlist

Will implement current practice, and provide an actual policy for usage of
the "xserver" virtual package which appears in the virtual packages list.

In a nutshell, X servers that interface directly with the display and input
hardware or via another subsystem (e.g., GGI) should provide xserver.
Things like Xvfb, Xnest, and Xprt should not.

G. Branden Robinson            |    America is at that awkward stage.  It's
Debian GNU/Linux               |    too late to work within the system, but
branden@ecn.purdue.edu         |    too early to shoot the bastards.
roger.ecn.purdue.edu/~branden/ |    --Claire Wolfe

--- policy.sgml.orig	Wed Dec 29 17:01:51 1999
+++ policy.sgml	Thu Dec 30 12:58:11 1999
@@ -3140,6 +3140,12 @@
 	  without) of your package.</p>
+	  <em>Packages which provide an X server</em> that, directly or
+	  indirectly, communicates with real input and display hardware
+	  should delcare in their control data that they provide the
+	  virtual package <tt>xserver</tt>.
+	</p>
+	<p>
 	  <em>Application defaults</em> files have to be installed in
 	  the directory <tt>/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/app-defaults/</tt>.
 	  They are considered as part of the program code.  Thus, they

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