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Re: debian is too big

On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:21:21PM -0600, Graham Wilson wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 12:25:13PM -0600, John Goerzen wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 09:44:23AM +0000, Miquel van Smoorenburg wrote:
> > > That would be a godsend. It would work, too. It's happening already:
> > > a lot of people run woody as "the stable core" and backports.org
> > > as "the rest", so the idea certainly has merit.
> > 
> > I think it has some problems, though -- for instance, differences in
> > versions of libc.  If we supported building packages from source better
> > (which I really think we should), this instantly becomes more practical.
> What do you mean "building packages from source better"? What
> improvements did you have in mind?

It is not presently possible to do this in an automated fashion, largely
due to circular build-depends.  For instance, X depends on groff to
build, and groff depends on gs, which depends on X.  It's not possible
to resolve this in an automated fashion.

-- John

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