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Re: Build-Depends-Indep: debhelper, utilizing it in debian/rules clean

Brian May <bam@debian.org> wrote:

> So what is the purpose of Build-Depends-Indep?

AFAIUI, it is to give autobuilders a way to only install the packages
that are needed to build architecture-dependent packages (since no
Debian autobuilder currently builds arch-indep packages). So they just
install the packages listed in Build-Depends and Build-Depends-Indep
still contains additional packages needed to build arch-indep packages
for those who want to play at home.

> (I am guessing from this thread either I have misunderstood it
> and/or policy has changed).

It has been said several times on this list that the autobuilders'
behaviour is not on par with Policy on this topic, so your being
confused is not that surprising...


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