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       vrms - report of installed non-free software


       vrms [OPTION] ...


       This  program  began  as  an  attempt  to  create a "virtual Richard M.
       Stallman" for Debian GNU/Linux.  Thus the choice of name.

       This program analyzes the currently-installed package list on a  Debian
       GNU/Linux  system,  and  reports the non-free and contrib packages that
       are currently installed to stdout.  In some cases,  such  as  regarding
       documentation  licensed  under  the GNU Free Documentation License with
       invariant sections, the opinions of Richard M.  Stallman and the Debian
       project  have  diverged  since this program was originally written.  In
       such cases, this program follows the definition of freedom embodied  in
       the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

       The packages in the non-free tree have restrictions on their use and/or
       distribution which cause them to fail to meet the terms of  the  Debian
       Free  Software  Guidelines  included  as  part  of  the  Debian  Social
       Contract.  However, some are sufficiently useful that their presence is
       often tolerated by Debian users despite their licensing.

       The  packages in the contrib tree are themselves free software but have
       some dependency on non-free software  for  their  use  that  make  them
       worthy  of  reporting  so  that  their  use  can  also  be  consciously

       Richard is the most vocal among us on the issue of  software  morality,
       and  we agree with Richard that Debian users should have an easy way to
       know when they are running non-free software on  their  systems.   This
       program is our attempt to fill that need.


       All options can be prefixed with -- (eg: --noexplain) to turn them off.

       -q, --quiet
              Do nothing if there are no non-free packages installed.

       -e, --explain
              Give  a  brief  explanation  of why each package is non-free, if
              available. This is the default.

       -s, --sparse
              Just output a list of non-free packages.

              Use    DIR    as    the    reason    directory,    instead    of

       -h, --help
              Display help.

       -d, --debug
              Generate debugging information.


              Default source of explanations for why packages are non-free.


       This program was written by Bdale Garbee and Bill Geddes for the Debian
       GNU/Linux system, in  response  to  an  open  discussion  with  Richard
       Stallman  about the issues surrounding the availability/desirability of
       the 'non-free' package tree in Debian.

                              A Cute Little Hack                       VRMS(1)