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

On Mon, Apr 16, 2001 at 08:56:40AM -0400, Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:
> > I looked into source-dependencies-unstable.gz and have a question.
> > For my gnome-utils package it states
> > 
> >     gnome-utils: ACMGL, flex, ...
> > 
> > and later on
> > 
> >     abbrev ACMGL = autoconf, automake, m4, gettext, libtool
> > 
> > Does this mean, that gnome-utils should have a build dependency on
> > automake?  I don't think that this should be the case, because
> > I do not run automake from the rules file.  Even if I would change
> > a Makefile.am, the corresponing changes to Makefile.in would be
> > included in the diff file.  So still no need for automake in the
> > Build-Depends.  The same argument seems to hold for autoconf, gettext
> > and libtool.
> Not necessarily.  Configure scripts have a habit of always regenerating
> things like Makefile.in, to the great dismay of build dependencies.
> If you take explicit steps to prevent that, then you can probably
> ignore the dependency.

Like touching the files so that they don't get regenerated.

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