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Re: A plan to get rid of unnecessary package dependencies

Christian Aichinger <Greek0@gmx.net> writes:

> What I could imagine was some sort of opt-in system, where library
> maintainers could put a special marker into their -dev packages
> indicating "yes, please remove me if I'm not needed, it's save".

> I'm not sure where to put it inside the -dev package though, perhaps
> in an /usr/share/debhelper/stripdeps/<pkgname> file?

Well, if we're talking about an external tool to strip unnecessary NEEDED
entries from the library, you could call it dh_striplibs, include it in
debhelper, and have the opt-in system be whether the maintainer chooses to
run it or not.  That doesn't help the folks who aren't using debhelper as
much, though.

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

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