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Bug#340704: rar support violates DFSG #4

On Fri, Nov 25, 2005 at 01:34:23PM +0100, Robert Millan wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 25, 2005 at 02:41:49AM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:

> > Sorry, I have to disagree with these bug severities; Suggests: are just not
> > important enough in our packaging system to treat them as release-critical,
> > regardless of what's being suggested,

> My concern is about the rar writing support itself, not about Suggests.  The
> Suggests tag is just an indication that either the application supports
> generating rar archives (or that there's a mistake, and the maintainer just
> mean to suggest "unrar" instead).

> > and it is generally considered
> > acceptable to Suggest: non-free packages from main anyway.

> Well, that's not the problem.  If the application needs unrar to extract rar
> archives, then suggesting unrar is ok [1].  It's the fact that the application
> supports creating rar archives that I believe violates the DFSG.

> Does this explanation satisfy you?  If it does, I'd like to rise the severity
> back to serious (I don't think it's an issue for the release, being only 4
> bugs).

> OTOH, if you think my interpretation of DFSG is inadequate, I could try to
> expose it better, and we could also move this to -legal (perhaps I should have
> started there in first place).

Yes, I still disagree with this reasoning.  People of conscience may
disagree on whether *preventing* the creation of files that can't be read
with free software is serving the goals of the DFSG.  In the absence of
agreement on this point, I don't think it's right to treat this as a
release-critical bug unless the *maintainer* agrees with you.

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

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