Bug#861969: gstreamer1.0-tools: Seemingly pointless dependency on pkg-config pulls in toolchain

Sebastian Dröge slomo at debian.org
Mon May 8 13:14:25 UTC 2017

On Sat, 2017-05-06 at 11:55 -0600, Adam Conrad wrote:
> Package: gstreamer1.0-tools
> Version: 1.11.91-1
> Severity: normal
> gstreamer1.0-tools contains three binaries, and I can't find a reference
> in any of them to pkg-config.  Despite that, the tools package depends on
> pkg-config, which in turn pulls in dpkg-dev and build-essential (if you
> use apt with recommends enabled by default).
> pkg-config pulling on a packaging toolchain doesn't seem unreasonable at
> all, however gstreamer runtime libraries and tools doing so doesn't make
> any sense at all.
> Please drop this dep entirely if it really is unnecessary (which it looks
> like at a quick glance), or if there's a valid reason for it, do enlighten
> us, and maybe we can figure out a way to make it not need to do so.

Thanks, I'll drop this on the next upload. It's a left-over from the
gstreamer-tools (0.10) package, which via pkg-config was checking which
GStreamer versions are available and then called the appropriate
executable (gst-launch-0.8, -0.10, -1.0, etc).
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