how to check dependencies of packages

Archaic archaic at
Sat Sep 7 08:20:01 PDT 2002

On Sat, Sep 07, 2002 at 03:27:41AM -0500, Dagmar d'Surreal wrote:
> On Thu, 2002-09-05 at 05:46, Matthias Benkmann wrote:
> > On Thu, 5 Sep 2002 11:58:54 +0200 "Dieter Scholz" <dscholz at>
> > wrote:
> > 
> > > Is there a reliable way to find out (automatically) what build time/run
> > > time dependencies (programs/libraries/packages/config files) a package
> > > has? 
> > 
> > strace
> I'm rather fond of just running ldd on anything that looks like a binary
> (or shared library) since the output is IMHO much more readable. 

That won't work for compile time dependencies, though, which is what is
being discussed in this thread. For instance, if package foo's
{makefile,config,misc_script} calls gawk, gawk is a compile-time
dependency. That's what strace would be used for.


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