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bug#33512: 26; Be able to specify soft-requires in file header (`Package

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#33512: 26; Be able to specify soft-requires in file header (`Package-Requires:')
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 06:42:36 -0800 (PST)

Please consider the enhancement of being able to specify, in a Lisp file
header, something like `Package-Requires' (or a `Package-Requires' that
allows variant arguments to accomplish the same thing), which would
specify that another package is soft-required, not hard-required.

That is, the requirement of another package, e.g. `foo.el', would be
akin to (require 'foo nil t), as opposed to just (require 'foo).

This would enable a package to advertise, for `package.el' and ELPA
repositories, that some of its features require another package, but
that that package is not strictly necessary (e.g., some of the requiring
package features are available without the soft-required package).

It might also encourage modularity and discourage adding extra stuff to
a given package (even duplicating some code from another package, for

In GNU Emacs 26.1 (build 1, x86_64-w64-mingw32)
 of 2018-05-30
Repository revision: 07f8f9bc5a51f5aa94eb099f3e15fbe0c20ea1ea
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