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build-depends-indep and arch: all source packages



A strict reading of policy now indicates that Build-Depends-Indep need
not ever be satisfied when the clean target is called. Apparently this
change was made to document autobuilder behavior when building packages
that mix arch all and arch any components, but as I read it, the effect
is broader. 

If build-depends-indep need not be satified any time the clean target is
run, then I can imagine that some tool might be written to rely on that,
and only install the build-depends before building a package that is
only arch: all.

Therefore it seemed to me that I should change the dozen or so arch all
pacages I maintain to put debhelper in the build-depends (and generally
everything in the build-depends for most of them since the split is
useless unless the package builds both arch all and any and has a
properly structured debian/rules -- only one of my packages bothers with
that). When I did, linda complained:

W: liblingua-en-words2nums-perl; Package has Build-Depends, but builds
no arch-dependant packages.

Is linda behind the times, or am I trying to follow policy too closely?
Is this build-depends-indep split really of any value, or is it just
complicating our lives for no good reason?

-- 
see shy jo

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