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Re: A plan to get rid of unnecessary package dependencies

Christian Aichinger <Greek0@gmx.net> writes:

> I could maintain such a list for checklib, that wouldn't be
> problematic. Doing such a thing for debhelper sounds evil though, I
> surely don't want to be responsible if packages fail to build (or run
> correctly) because a library was removed that shouldn't have been.

For a debhelper script, there's a fairly standard way of handling such
things, namely the -X option that's supported by various debhelper
commands (dh_strip, dh_compress, etc.).

However, this problem:

> Maintaining such information somewhere within the library package would
> be possible, but that sounds like a more complex plan, and I doubt that
> many library maintainers know if their lib uses such tricks or not.

does still apply.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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