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Re: Build-Recommends

On Sun, Jun 12, 2005 at 03:21:54PM +0200, Adeodato Simó wrote:
>   [People from debian-ocaml-mail, please keep -mentors CC'ed.]
> * John Skaller [Sun, 12 Jun 2005 16:27:21 +1000]:
> > I could use a 'build-recommends' dependency, 
> > but  I understand 'recommends'
> > is only available for the binary package, not the source.
> > Is this correct?
> > The situation: the packaging machine requires 'ocaml'
> > to make binaries from my source package, but if 
> > 'ocaml-native-compilers' is also installed it will
> > do so faster, however that package is not available
> > on all architectures.
> > This isn't an essential feature, but here is a case,
> > possibly isolated, where it could be useful.
>   Normally, one resolves this and similar situations like this:
>     Build-Depends: ocaml-native-compilers [!m68k !mips !mipsel !s390], 
>                    ocaml [m68k mips mipsel s390]

Couldn't you also Build-Depend on 'ocaml-native-compilers | ocaml'?
That would look first for ocaml-native-compilers and then if that is not
available, for ocaml.  Plus, if the ocaml-native-compilers package
becomes available for other architectures, it does not require a
modification to the Build-Depends to take advantage of it.


Roberto C. Sanchez

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