Re: A tool to help making (build) dependencies right.
On Wed, Jun 13, 2001 at 10:37:30AM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> This thing is just plain *great* !
> However, I see one drawback: right now, you have to build twice; once to
> find out build-dependencies, and once to get a controlfile with correct
> It would be even more great if you could let this behave the way
> dpkg-shlibdeps does, i.e. let it write information to a file that can be
> merged with the controlfile at buildtime.
You have to be careful: the list produced should not be used
automatically for two reasons:
(1) Some packages will be brought in as implied dependencies of other
packages. You should only list the packages that the build
*explicitly* requires. That's actually a bit subtle.
(2) You may need versioned dependencies; the automated process will
not be able to decide that.
Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, Queen Mary, Univ. of London
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