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Re: Dependencies of -dev packages

On Mon, 24 Oct 2005, Gabor Gombas wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 21, 2005 at 02:15:28AM +0100, Darren Salt wrote:
> > I can see potential problems with that last part regarding upstream
> > developers whose software happens to depend on packages for which pkg-config
> > support remains Debian-specific because upstream doesn't accept the patch.
> > It's possible that the Debian-specific nature of this support may simply not
> > be noticed until bug reports start coming in from users of other
> > distributions...
> Well, the only problem I can see is auto-detection (configure etc.)

May I humbly remind people that allowing any sort of arch autodetection in
a Debian package build *IS* *A* *BUG*.

dpkg-architecture knows the arch.  You have to use that arch.  It is that

People packaging stuff that uses autoconf, should imediatelly install
autotools-dev and read the package README.  It teaches how to feed
dpkg-architecture output to autoconf correctly.

> On the other hand, autodetection is never perfect and bugs always
> happen. But if we can agree that the general direction is good and worth

The fact that it is attempted at all is the bug.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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