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Re: Keeping information on the build system

On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 08:40:20PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> > http://ydirson.free.fr/en/software/buildinfo.html
> |      + some packages are (build-)essential as a side effect of packages
> |      listed as such, but are not taken into account yet
> More generally, it seems that any packages a build dependnency depends
> on are not listed (unless they're build deps too).

Yes.  That will require that my script parses the status file by
itself.  As dpkg-checkbuilddeps already does that (and is called 3
times), it would be good performance-wise to abstract this into a
module, where the status file could be parsed only once, and the base
functionnality of dpkg-checkbuilddeps would be available.

Dpkg::Package::List is already available for parsing, but
significantly lacks functionality.

> I don't think that the dependency it has on build-essential is a good
> idea, as that package is just a meta package that may not be installed
> on a system even though a deb is being built.

I thought it may not be unreasonable for a build mechanism to depend
on build-essential, or else I missed the purpose of this package.

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