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Re: intermediate result of packaging-dev meta package discussion

On Sun, 05 Jun 2011 15:46:44 +0200
Benjamin Drung <bdrung@debian.org> wrote:

> A few days ago, we had a discussion about a packaging-dev meta package.

> This package is just for packaging, not for developing. So gdb, pylint
> and co. won't go into it. This package should be installed by packagers.
> No other package should depend or build-depend on packaging-dev.

I'd suggest that a wishlist bug is filed against lintian to set an
error if any package (source or binary) lists a dependency (or even
Recommends) on the packaging-dev binary. Time should be allowed for
lintian to implement this check before this package is uploaded,
unless the lintian maintainers disagree.

It would also be sensible to have a summary of the quoted paragraph in
the package description.


Neil Williams

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