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Bug#616462: debian-policy: clarify wording of parenthetical in section 2.2.1

* Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> [110304 11:36]:
> Although I agree with you that this parenthetical has been mistaken for
> normative language and it should be clarified with regards to intent, the
> clarification you've suggested is OTOH weaker than what I understand the
> common rule to be.  If the goal is to make sure installing a package in main
> doesn't automatically pull in a package from non-free, then the main
> alternative must be listed first.
> Maybe "must be satisfied by default with only packages in main" expresses
> this?
> Or maybe this is splitting hairs and I shouldn't worry too much about a
> non-normative parenthetical :)

Not being a DD, much less a policy maintainer, I didn't want to overstep
my bounds.  :-)  There was at least one person in that thread who
thought non-main dependencies could be listed first.  However, I agree
with you, and would prefer to mandate that the first alternative
explicitly be the default and that this be required to be in main.


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