Re: Status of Debian developers?
At 02:31 +0200 1999-03-29, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
* We need a new libc6 for dpkg-shlibdeps (and even then we won't have a
guarantee that it works). The alternative is to use objdump and the
dpkg-cross version even natively (which is limited in some serious way).
The ldd-based dpkg-shlibdeps is braindamaged in a major way.
It ends up pulling in indirect dependencies, e.g. libpam0g once was
linked with cracklib2, dpkg-shlibdeps for the netatalk package (which
links to libpam) generated the following depends: libc6, libpam0g,
cracklib2; this is wrong because netatalk itself does not depend on
cracklib2, a library netatalk links to does. Later libpam0g was
changed not to link with cracklib2, as a result, netatalk would now
have a spurious dependency (I say would because the last package I
built was on a system where I was testing a objdump-based
The objdump-based dpkg-shlibdeps is superior because it *correctly*
uses the DT_NEEDED field of the headers of an ELF executable or
shared object to figure out the dependencies, this insures that only
direct dependencies get into the Depends or Pre-Depends field.
A native objdump-based dpkg-shlibdeps patch is available in the
Joel Klecker (aka Espy) <URL:http://web.espy.org/>