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Re: Proposal - Deferment of Changes from GR 2004-003

On Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 11:17:37PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Wouter Verhelst <wouter@grep.be> writes:
> > That doesn't matter. To date, the policy has always been that a package
> > must go in contrib if it has a dependency on something in non-free which
> > has no *current* free implementation. 
> Yes, that's right, but this refers to dependencies in the formal
> sense, if I am not mistaken.  

You are mistaken. It also applies if a package needs a piece of software
which isn't distributable by Debian, not even in non-free (for a
concrete example, see the java packages that can't be compiled by free

     smog  |   bricks
 AIR  --  mud  -- FIRE
soda water |   tequila
 -- with thanks to fortune

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