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.