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Re: On the pruning of Build-Depends

On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 4:08 PM, Mats Erik Andersson
<mats.andersson@gisladisker.se> wrote:
> Dear Mentors,
> I am about to package a graphical software, and I must properly
> design a "Build-Depends" stanza in the control file. My concern
> right now is whether I am allowed to prune the enumeration so
> hard that the primary dependencies pull in all secondary and
> tertiary ones, thus circumventing a natural desire to also
> mention build dependencies that exist but are "shadowed".
> The particular case that comes to my mind is "libgtk2.0-dev",
> which depends on "libpng12-dev" and "pkg-config", which I otherwise
> would have mentioned, out of informational purpose, as build
> dependencies of the package. Clearly, I would not have mentioned
> all secondary dependencies, only those that do directly influence
> the package at build time.

If libgtk2.0-dev was changed so that it no longer depended on
libpng12-dev or pkg-config, would your package still depend on them?
If so, they should be part of your dependency list.

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