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Re: A plan to get rid of unnecessary package dependencies

Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> writes:

> Thomas Bushnell BSG <tb@becket.net> writes:
>> Christian Aichinger <Greek0@gmx.net> writes:
>>> A "problem" means that the package has useless dependencies on
>>> library packages. This causes the kind of trouble outlined above and
>>> should be fixed. A HOWTO is here:
>>> http://rerun.lefant.net/checklib/howto-fix-problems.html
>> Hey.  If we have a programmatic way of detecting this cases, why not
>> just fold that into the shlibdeps program, and be done with it?
> How could shlibdeps help?  The trouble with these dependencies is that,
> when the library or binary is loaded, all of those NEEDED libraries will
> also be loaded, even though they're not actually needed.  So the shared
> library or binary *does* depend on those libraries, in that it won't run
> unless they're present, despite the fact that it's not actually using any
> symbols from them.

Right, sorry.

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