Re: Bug#950192: Please remove build dep on aboot
Nice that someone knowledgeable stepped in to salvage aboot.
Thanks in advance !
May I ask if there is a git repository (in salsa ?) following the
debian variation of aboot ? (and including the history as a bonus ?)
Three RC bugs are listed for src:aboot, with at least partial
solutions for two of them.
1/ This last one is #949711 about the build-dep 'sgmltool-lite' soon
removed from the archive. 'sgmltools' from package 'sgmltool-lite'
is run at line 7 of file doc/faq/Makefile (only ocurrence as far
as I can see)
sgmltools --backend=html SRM-HOWTO.sgml
The package 'docbook-utils' is a build dependency of aboot yet
and includes docbook2html.
$ docbook2html SRM-HOWTO.sgml
succeeded for me (at least on amd64 running stretch). Does it
make sense to patch the source of aboot accordingly ?
In a farther future, do we want to keep a source in Docbook SGML ?
2/ The current maintainer mentioned  that aboot needs to produce an
arch:all package (aboot-base) on arch:alpha. See bug #805988 (and #821332).
However, it should be possible to cross-build aboot, as suggesteed by
the current maintainer  (at that time, I managed to cross-build aboot
on amd64 and I booted successfully a real AlphaWorkstation 500 with it :
see  and the followings. I haven't tested with current sid since).
However, the patches should be cleaned and I never managed to find the time (sorry).
3/ And #832491 about the build dep 'sp' removed, with two patches included.
And a ':native' annotation added to the build dep opensp is required as
well in order to cross-build (or solve #854518).
Sorry that I have no time currently to test myself.
I hope it will help nevertheless !
 : https://bugs.debian.org/cgi.bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=949711#10
 : https://bugs.debian.org/cgi.bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=805988#58
 : https://bugs.debian.org/cgi.bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=805988#78