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Re: Is debhelper build-essential?

Andreas Barth wrote:
* Hamish Moffatt (hamish@debian.org) [050114 00:45]:
On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 02:26:52PM +0100, Steinar H. Gunderson wrote:
On Thu, Jan 13, 2005 at 11:19:03PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
Also of interest is that some 1300 packages would no longer need to declare a Build-Depends: at all with those changes, and another 1200 wouldn't need to declare a Build-Depends-Indep:.
Not even versioned depends?
Not if build-essential included a suitable versioned depends, like
debhelper (>= 4). It already does that for gcc.
That would still mean a versioned dependency on build-essential.

Build dependencies on build-essential are always redundant. Build-Essential is, by definition, the set of packages you don't need to Build-Depend on. A dependency >= an old version is similarly redundant, and a dependency >= a future version is fairly useless -- it's not satisfiable after all. I guess a <= dependency might have a worthwhile meaning, though it'll certainly cause more trouble than it's worth.


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