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Re: Proposal: dpkg-perllibdeps

[Replying to list with submitter's permission, therefor full quote]

On Wed, Jan 25, 2006 at 10:40:46PM +0100, Florian Ragwitz wrote:
> I'm a Debian developer who cares a lot about Perl packages in Debian.
> Therefor I know pretty well that many other developers suffer from the
> lack of a program like dh_shlibdeps for perl programs and modules. I
> want to change that.
> There were already some bugreports against debhelper that asked for a
> new dh_ script that handles the dependency analysis for perl modules. It
> has been tagged wontfix as the maintainer and author of debhelper thinks
> that debhelper is not the right place to do a complex such complex
> things like dependency analysis. He recommended that I should go the
> "dpkg-shlibdeps" way which does the analysis of dependencies with an own
> script which is then glued into debhelper with a small wrapper script.
> This is what I want to do with dpkg-perllibdeps (the name is still
> object to change). I'm writing you to ask if this program could be
> included with the dpkg-dev package, what I would prefer over making it a
> seperate package. I'd like to use libmodule-scandeps-perl to do most of
> the work. This would introduce a dependency for dpkg-dev to this
> package. I don't know if that is tolerable for you. If not: how about
> shipping an own copy of Module::ScanDeps so it can be included into
> dpkg-dev. This has some disadvantages, obviously, but I don't like the
> idea of making dpkg-perllibdeps a seperate package.
> What are your thoughts?

What do the others think about introducing more dependencies for
dpkg-dev? Since it is build-essential we should certainly not introduce
new dependencies too lightly but on the other hand using some external
perl modules can lighten the code maintainance burden...

Frank Lichtenheld <djpig@debian.org>
www: http://www.djpig.de/

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