Package dependencies

Greg Schafer gschafer at zip.com.au
Tue Jun 17 15:45:11 PDT 2003


On Mon, Jun 16, 2003 at 08:25:31PM -0500, James Robertson wrote:
> All,
> 
> I know that at some point, there is going to be a need to go through the 
> packages again for the appendix.  I was poking around last night, trying 
> to think of an easier way to do this than the manual way we have been 
> doing in the past.  I was thinking of writing a script to go through and 
> grep for the programs that configure scripts and make files look for and 
> use during compiliation.  The script would output a log file that we can 
> then adapt for the appendix.
> 
> What do you all think?  Is this something someone else has done already? 
>  Is it even a good idea?  If so, I'll get cracking and see what I can 
> hack together.

Parsing autoconf output (with grep or strace or whatever) will produce lots
of false dependencies. Just because an autoconf script checks for something,
it doesn't necessarily means the program checked for is a necessary
dependency. That is too simplistic a viewpoint.

Greg
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