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Bug#720458: autopkgtest: allow tests to depend on Build-Depends installed

On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 09:24:00AM +0200, Ansgar Burchardt wrote:
> Package: autopkgtest
> Version: 2.3.2
> Severity: normal
> Tests should be able to depend on the Build-Depends to be installed when they
> are run, e.g. using
>   Depends: @, ${source:Build-Depends}
> This would be useful for Perl modules where the test suite is already run at
> build time. Otherwise one would have to maintain another copy of those
> dependencies: there are alread build, test and runtime dependencies in
> Build-Depends, runtime dependencies in Depends. Having to maintain another list
> of test-only dependencies in d/tests/control is not nice.

I have plans to implement automated run run of test suites against
installed code instead of the source tree for Ruby packages that use
gem2deb, what would give us runtime tests almost for free for all those
packages (~500 ATM), and not needing to duplicate the list of
dependencies for running the tests would be really useful.

Antonio Terceiro <terceiro at debian.org>
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