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Re: Bug#70269: automatic build fails for potato

On 01-Sep-00, 15:04 (CDT), "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar@debian.org> wrote: 
> On Fri, 1 Sep 2000, Steve Greenland wrote:
> > Those people would be equally well served by a note or check at the
> > beginning of the debian/rules file; we didn't need policy and a new
> > control file headers for that.
> > 
> Alright.  What if apt-get source was enhanced so it would pull down any
> packages needed to build?  If you didn't have build-depends where would it
> get that information from?

I didn't say that individual users couldn't benefit from Build-Depends,
only that it isn't *necessary*. Once you've implemented it, yeah,
enhancing other tools to support it makes good sense. But I don't
think it would have been worth doing except (primarily) to support the
porters/auto-builders. They (or at least some of them, I forget the
details) were trying to maintain similar info in a central repository,
which was a pain when the requirements of package changed. Requiring the
individual maintainers to track this makes sense.


Steve Greenland <stevegr@debian.org>
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