[Build-common-hackers] Re: circular dependency fun

Colin Walters walters@verbum.org
Fri, 03 Oct 2003 15:14:39 -0400

On Fri, 2003-10-03 at 14:11, Jeff Bailey wrote:

> I don't think it is.  Debian is full of these circular dependancies -
> The ability to simply bootstrap the system isn't a release requirement -
> Which is good, because taken to an extreme, you need gcc to build gcc.


> I think we might already accomidate this by coping gracefully if
> springgraph isn't there. 

Yep, exactly.  More specifically my vague rule is that the actual
requirements are listed on the first line of the Build-Depends (right
now just debhelper); everything after it is noncritical and can be
safely deleted.  (If that doesn't work, it's definitely a bug).