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Re: Build-Depends-Indep, please review

anatoly techtonik wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 10:02 AM, أحمد المحمودي <aelmahmoudy@sabily.org>
> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I thought Build-Depends-Indep is for build-deps that are not needed by
>> clean target.
> What is the meaning of name "Build-Depends-Indep" then? Dependencies
> that are required to build package, but from which "clean" rule is
> independent?

No. Build-Depends-Indep lists the Build Dependencies needed to build the 
architecture-INDEPendant packages.

In short: your package must build the arch:any packages correctly when only 
the Build-Depends are installed. It must be able to build also the arch:all 
when the Build-Depends-Indep are also installed. This allows to have 
"minimal" Build-Depends, while "extending" them with B-D-Indep (usually 
documentation building tools) for the arch:all packages.

All that is in Policy 7.7.



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