Re: Keeping information on the build system
[please CC me on followup]
On Sat, Oct 13, 2001 at 01:28:36PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > > Build-Depends was created so that a package could be built easily. Not so
> > > that you'd know what software is used to accomplish the build.
> > Should this fact stop us from adding the missing information to
> > accomplish that goal ?
> The question remains whether that is a valid goal. It just adds clutter
> that doesn't serve any purpose. What you want (being able to build without
> having all packages in build-essential installed) is currently possible.
Wrong, it's not what I want, please re-read the beginning of this thread.
What I want is a way to tell which versions of which packages were
used in building a specific deb, so that we can know by comparing this
with newly availabe versions whether that deb has to be rebuilt or not.
> And I'm quite sure that you don't want to go through all packages having
> "Essential: yes" and decide whether you really need them or not.
I never wrote this.
> > Did I wrote that any package marked Build-Unused had to be removed ?
> No, you want to add this header so that people can know which packages can
> be removed if they want to. It doesn't make sense, IMHO.
...so that people/robots doing builds in a chrooted environment do not
have to uselessly waste CPU cycles to install useless packages. But
anyway the current discussion is mostly a spinof of the original
point, trying to address joeyh's concerns about my current
[stripped off-topic stuff]
> The choice of which compiler is used should be left to the people that are
> actually compiling the thing. There's more in the world than gcc/g++.
> Think stackguard, for example. Your proposal is not really creating
> possibilities, while it makes some things difficult.
I absolutely don't understand what would be more difficult by
extending the expressive power of the current system.
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