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Lintian and Build-Depends (was Re: A question about update-excuses)

Phil Blundell wrote:
>Steve M. Robbins wrote:
>>On Thu, Apr 12, 2001 at 06:51:23PM +0100, Philip Blundell wrote:
>>> The majority of failures are missing or broken build-depends.  
>>If so, why not alleviate the backlog by loading up the buildd
>>machines with a fuller set of -dev packages?
>Yeah, that would help in a lot of cases.  But if we're going to do that, 
>missing build-depends will never get noticed, and we might as well just throw 
>in the towel and make those packages build-essential. 
>I'll see if I can find the time to add these extra abilities to lintian.  The 
>technology already exists in sbuild so it shouldn't be too hard.

I've started adding some extra checks to my own local copy of lintian
- I had several bugs in my packages caused by missing Build-Depends,
not least because it can be easy to get them wrong or to miss

I've now got local checks for

xmkmf -> xutils
xlibs -> xlibs-dev
libxaw7 -> libxaw-dev

Shaleh seems unconvinced about adding these to lintian, which I can
understand - the maintenance of such a thing would be a nightmare. I'd
like to see an option for the -dev packages to add their own lintian
checks to cope with exactly this kind of thing - what do other people

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                   stevem@chiark.greenend.org.uk
  Getting a SCSI chain working is perfectly simple if you remember that there
  must be exactly three terminations: one on one end of the cable, one on the
  far end, and the goat, terminated over the SCSI chain with a silver-handled
  knife whilst burning *black* candles. --- Anthony DeBoer

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