Bug#374029: Fixing inconsisten and unusefull Build-Depends/Conflicts definition
Thomas Bushnell BSG <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Wouter Verhelst <email@example.com> writes:
>> Sbuild explicitely, by design, only looks at build-depends. So in order
>> for build-depends to be useful at this time if you want a package to
>> build, you need to list mostly everything in build-depends right now
> Isn't it sbuild's job to comply with policy, not the other way round?
Sort of. But policy is not usefull here and existing practice in some
8000+ source packages has a little more weight. The time to change
sbuild to what policy says was some years ago. Now it is way to late.
Now we have to fix just policy or policy and sbuild/dpkg-buildpackage
in a way that doesn't break every source in debian.