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Bug#212034: Debina Perl Policy manual uses "dependency" backards

On Sun, 2003-09-21 at 21:33, Daniel B. wrote:

> Package: debian-policy
> Version:
> Per the The American Heritage Dictionary (via
> http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=dependency), a dependency
> is:
>     1. Dependence. 
>     2. Something dependent or subordinate. 
>     3. A territory under the jurisdiction of a state of
>        which it does not form an integral part. 
> In sense 2, if A depends on B, A is a dependency of B; (B is not a 
> dependency of A).
That's nice ... *reaches for a REAL (not American) English dictionary*

dependency /n/.
	country etc. controlled by another;
	that which is dependent.

dependent /a/.
	depending (on);
	unable to do without something;
	maintained at another's cost;
	/Gram/. in subordinate relation to another word.

> The Debian Perl Policy manual, in section 1.1, says:
>   Only one package may contain the /usr/bin/perl binary and that package 
>   must either be perl or a dependency of that package (see Base Package, 
>   Section 1.2). 
This use of "dependency" (something "perl" depends on) is entirely
consistent with the English language.

If I were to say that I have a caffeine dependency, I'm saying that I
depend on caffeine, not that caffeine depends on me.

Have you ever, ever felt like this?
Had strange things happen?  Are you going round the twist?

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