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Bug#301041: apt-cache: dependency graph for build dependencies

Package: apt
Severity: wishlist

"dotty" command of apt-cache is really useful, but works only for binary
packages. I had the need of generating graphs of build dependencies in
order to decide the proper order of uploading packages to avoid
autobuilder fails for unmet build dependencies.

I wrote a script which is able to generate such graph using
libapt-pkg-perl. It is available here:


Sample output is here:


Still, the proper place for such a feature seems to be apt-cache itself,
is it possible to add it?

Thanks in advance,

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: powerpc (ppc)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.11-fistandantilus
Locale: LANG=it_IT@euro, LC_CTYPE=it_IT@euro (charmap=ISO-8859-15)

Versions of packages apt depends on:
ii  libc6                       2.3.2.ds1-20 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libgcc1                     1:3.4.3-12   GCC support library
ii  libstdc++5                  1:3.3.5-12   The GNU Standard C++ Library v3

-- no debconf information

Stefano Zacchiroli -*- Computer Science PhD student @ Uny Bologna, Italy
zack@{cs.unibo.it,debian.org,bononia.it} -%- http://www.bononia.it/zack/
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