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Re: Proposal of two new control fields: Build-Recommends and Build-Suggests [long reading]

On Mon, Feb 09, 2009 at 01:13:24AM -0800, Don Armstrong wrote:
> > Why have I added libfaad-dev to the Build-Recommends? Because in
> > Ubuntu ffmpeg-debian is in the main section, while faad2 is not. So
> > in order to merge ffmpeg-debian to Ubuntu, the maintainer has to
> > manually remove this Build-Depends each and every time. As soon as
> > Ubuntu would support the suggested approach, this would be obsolete.

> I wouldn't be averse to some method of describing additional types of
> conditional dependencies, such as differentiating builds of packages
> on Debian and Ubuntu. [A hideous method of doing this[1]:
> Build-Depends: libfaad-dev | some-only-in-ubuntu-package.]

I was going to suggest 'libfaad-dev | ubuntu-minimal' :)

> 1: In fact, forget that I even mentioned this method; it's all kinds
> of ugly.

Aww :(

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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