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Re: Bug#216492: FTBFS (unstable/all) missing build-dep

On Mon, Oct 20, 2003 at 12:15:17AM -0500, Chris Cheney wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 19, 2003 at 08:15:43PM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 19, 2003 at 01:20:39PM +0100, Scott James Remnant wrote:
> > Other people have covered why this breaks. Here's the solution I use:
> > 
> > Make your build target do nothing.
> > 
> > That is, make build an empty target that does _not_ depend on
> > build-arch and build-indep. Then make sure that binary-{arch,indep}
> > will result in the right things getting run anyway.
> > 
> > This a) preserves the desired effect of the time consuming arch-indep
> > stuff not being run on the buildds, and b) actually works. While it's
> > not strictly in accord with policy as written, it has the advantage of
> > doing what policy expected to happen, and I've never seen a better
> > idea.

There is a better idea that presever point a) and b) above:
write dependencies as follows:
build: build-arch
binary-indep: build-indep

This work since policy require both Build-Depends and
Build-Depends-Indep to be satistied when running build-indep.

The defect is that build-indep is made as root. The advantage over 
Andrew solution is to not make build-arch as root.

> > Ultimately we should either deprecate the build* targets, or make
> > build-{arch,indep} mandatory and deprecate build.

Again there are other possibilities, like using make variable for the

Since we cannot freeze debian/rules interface for ever, I would go
with make variable or equivalent.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

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