I've been working on getting my automatic package tester working.
It's currently running but I've redirected its automatic bug
submission emails to me, while I make sure that the bugs it reports
One common problem that it finds is ambiguously specified
Build-Depends. For example:
lenny:~# apt-get build-dep acpi
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package automaken is a virtual package provided by:
You should explicitly select one to install.
E: Package automaken has no installation candidate
E: Failed to satisfy Build-Depends dependency for acpi: automaken
The buildds use a different algorithm which doesn't choke in this
case, although I don't know how they decide what to use.
Is this a bug in the package(s); or is it a bug in apt ? After all if
it really doesn't matter which version is installed and the resulting
binaries will be correct, then any version will do.
I think that we ought really to be sure what the build-dependencies
mean, so I think this situation is a bug in the package. Do other
people agree ?