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Re: Introducing Build-Recommends / Build-Core-Depends?


On Sat, 2011-08-13 at 13:28:36 +0200, Andreas Barth wrote:
> During bootstraping a new architecture, there are sometimes ugly
> build-dependency-loops (usually involving generating documentation
> for the core build utilities means you need to have the architecture
> already available; same with graphical tools). During DebConf, Wookey
> had a talk which lead to us discussing some ideas how to support that.
> Most packages are not affected at all by that, and current behaviour
> isn't changing as long as package source files are not changed.
> Below is my summary of the ideas - names et all are of course just
> names and up to be changed. Advantage of this schema is that most
> implementation is just package-local - the maintainer knows which
> minimal versions his source package could produce, and just annotates
> them. Coordination between different packages is not needed so much
> anymore, and we could try to bring the build-dependencies more into a
> tree-shape. Please see e.g.
> http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2011/debconf11/low/745_Bootstrapable_Debian.ogv
> for the talk.

During the Extremadura Embedded meeting in 2006 we discussed too these
things, and I came up with the following proposals, which should be
generic enough not only for bootstrapping but also for embedded type
of reduced builds:



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