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

On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 12:57:53PM -0500, Marvin Renich wrote:
> * 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.

Debian Policy is a process that's open to all - please don't be shy about
proposing changes that you think are needed, the worst that will happen is
that people will tell you no. :)

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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