Package dependencies

Kevin Jordan kmj7777 at
Thu Sep 23 17:03:55 PDT 2004

On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 09:41:22 +1200, Mark Carey <mark.carey at> wrote:
> Hi,
> In the writing of LFS and BLFS there are lists for dependencies for
> all packages installed, how are these determined?
> I'm sure there exist plenty of dependency databases and trees for *nix
> systems out there, so mine is more of a philosophical question.
> Given the sources to a package how does one determine the packages
> dependencies?
> I believe extracting aclocal commands from configure scripts may be
> one way? But this wont work for non-autotooled sources.
> Parsing header files and looking for #include statements may be another?
> Are there any others?
> Mark
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Run configure and see what it stops on?

Kevin Jordan

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