duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Mon Aug 6 07:35:17 EDT 2007
On Sat, 2007-08-04 at 22:32 +0200, Henning Thielemann wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Jul 2007, Duncan Coutts wrote:
> > * inability to automatically find/generate dependencies on
> > external packages like C libraries. Many packages that use FFI
> > need to link to non-standard C libs and it's not always obvious
> > what packages they need. Of course, specifying external libs is
> > not simple since different platforms often call them different
> > things, but perhaps we could have some non-binding hint fields.
> > Or perhaps we should just try and guess based on the names of
> > the libs that need to be linked to (though that doesn't cover
> > deps on other programs rather than C libs).
> How about asking the distribution specific package manager program to
> which package the library file belongs? However, this requires that the
> dependent package is installed on the packaging machine.
Yes, for C libraries it's a pretty good hint. It doesn't help us with
dependencies on programs or non-C libs however.
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