Re: Building Debian Completely From Source
Roger Leigh <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> John Goerzen <email@example.com> writes:
> >> apt-fu installs binary packages of build-depends first to avoid circular
> >> build-dependencies, and then builds and installs the build-depends from
> >> source if -R is specified. It's a nasty problem but you can't have the
> >> chicken without the egg, nor the egg without the chicken.
> > Yeah, I have found some of those circular build-deps. I believe they
> > should be considered serious bugs if they aren't already. That's just
> > wrong. But in my case, I'd rather deal with the breakage manually than
> > download the .deb.
> In late 2001, I spent several weekends hand-building quite a large
> chunk of woody (over 200 source packages). I found quite a number of
> serious bug in several packages, including missing Build-Deps, and, in
Did you consult the buildd build-dependency override files? Back then
Build-depends were less than complete.
> the case of (IIRC) Tcl 8.x, it wouldn't build unless the same version
> was also installed (due to a shlibs problem requiring the just-built
> library to be installed for shlibdeps to be computed).
> This sort of automated source building is a very good idea--it will
> root out a lot of build bugs, and will improve the quality of Debian.
Thats whats autobuilders already do.