Printed book - remove deps and descriptions?

Tushar Teredesai tushar at
Mon Feb 17 19:17:27 PST 2003

Gerard Beekmans wrote:

>If it was a matter of that I could do it myself. Problem is with configure 
>scripts these days, they check for programs that they don't really need. 
>Every autoconf generated configure script will check for autoconf, 
>autoheader, aclocal and automake just to name a few. These are fals deps 
>though, since without those programs you can still install the package.
>The time consuming part is determining whether the dependencies are real ones 
>or not. It's a lot of trial & error, move a dep out of the way, try to 
>install the package and see if it errors somewhere. If not, it wasn't a real 
>dep and should not be included in the list (the current dep lists contain a 
>whole lot of those false ones because once upon a time I Just took the strace 
>output and didn't modify it).
How about running strace only during the make part? Ignore the 
./configure and make install parts.

Tushar Teredesai

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