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Re: cleaning up lib*-dev packages?

Goswin von Brederlow <brederlo@informatik.uni-tuebingen.de> writes:

> Matthias Julius <lists@julius-net.net> writes:
>> I think aptitude uses /var/lib/apt/lists/*Packages to determine
>> dependencies.  How else would it know about them for packages that are
>> not installed.  It would need to consult *Sources to find out
>> build-depends.  This should not be too hard. 
> That is not what I ment. When you select "install build-depends for
> foobar" in aptitude it would have to somehwere record "build-depends
> for foobar: manual" so it can keep all build-depends on automatic and
> not remove them too early.

Aptitude would need to keep that information at the same place it
keeps the automatic flag, probably /var/lib/aptitude/pkgstates?

> Hehe. No I wouldn't want to duplicate the source packages. The idea I
> have in mind is to trick apt into accepting the actual source
> files as debs (via the apt-get wrapper) and have the dpkg-deb wrapper
> present them to dpkg in the format of debs. The DEBIAN dir would get
> created on the fly and the source file itself wrapped in a tar file.
> It is a dirty hack but where else do we get to have some fun?

Let me know when it works.


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