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Bug#217945: dpkg-dev: should depend on build-essential

On Wed, 5 Nov 2003, Julian Gilbey wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 04, 2003 at 06:52:21PM -0600, Adam Heath wrote:
> > > (2) If it is not for dpkg to enforce policy, why run
> > >     dpkg-checkbuilddeps during dpkg-buildpackage, with an abort on
> > >     error?
> >
> > Because that's not policy, but a dpkg interface.
> I'm confused: policy talks about build-essential packages and
> Build-Depends etc. in the same breath, if I'm not very much mistaken.
> (Sections 4.2 and 7.6.)  I just don't understand the distinctions
> you and Wichert are making.

Build-Depends is a field, that lists the build-time dependencies for a
package.  dpkg-checkbuilddeps enforces this.

debian-policy has decided to not list build-essential packages in this field.
This was a policy descision.

Other systems that use dpkg may not make this same descision.

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