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Re: Use pbuilder, Luke... (Was: cleaning up lib*-dev packages?)

On Sun, May 14, 2006 at 10:00:25AM +0200, Ondrej Sury wrote:
> On Sat, 2006-05-13 at 14:54 -0400, Eric Cooper wrote:
> > Is there a way to tell deborphan to follow the build-dependencies
> > of a set of source packages?  I know about deborphan's keep file,
> > but that's too tedious to keep up-to-date by hand.
> > Is there another tool I should be using?
> Yes, don't clutter your system, because it will end in sorrow :-).
> Your system will have mix of your local packages and at the end of the
> day you will build package which will be:
> a) unbuildable
> b) uninstallable
> Right solution is to use pbuilder, which will:
> a) always ensure that package can be built using unstable
> b) keep your build environment clean
> c) keep your local system clean
d) take much longer to build your package; the exact factor depends on
   the size of the package, but a factor 3 isn't too uncommon for
   smaller packages, which isn't very interesting in cases where you
   need to do a lot of work on a given package.

pbuilder is a wonderful answer to the question of "did I get my
build-dependencies right?", but it's not a magical wand to solve every
problem, and certainly not to solve the problem of "how do I keep the
number of -dev packages on my system under control?".

Fun will now commence
  -- Seven Of Nine, "Ashes to Ashes", stardate 53679.4

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