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Bug#587279: debian-policy: section 2.2.1 needs some tweaking



On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 12:45:49AM -0500, Raphael Geissert wrote:
> On Monday 19 July 2010 11:26:38 Russ Allbery wrote:
> > diff --git a/policy.sgml b/policy.sgml
> > index 0b3c1a1..06c1fdc 100644
> > --- a/policy.sgml
> > +++ b/policy.sgml
> > @@ -476,9 +476,12 @@
> >  	      <item>
> >  		  must not require a package outside of <em>main</em>
> >  		  for compilation or execution (thus, the package must
> > -		  not declare a "Depends", "Recommends", or
> > -		  "Build-Depends" relationship on a non-<em>main</em>
> > -		  package),
> > +		  not declare a <tt>Pre-Depends</tt>, <tt>Depends</tt>,
> > +		  <tt>Recommends</tt>, <tt>Build-Depends</tt>,
> > +		  or <tt>Build-Depends-Indep</tt> relationship on a
> > +		  non-<em>main</em> package unless that package is only
> > +		  listed as a non-default alternative for a package
> > +		  in <em>main</em),
> >  	      </item>
> >  	      <item>
> >  		  must not be so buggy that we refuse to support them,

Where does policy define the concept of 'non-default alternative' for 
dependencies ?

For my part I would prefer to keep the current policy and use Provides for non-free
software.

Cheers,
-- 
Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 



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