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Date: 2001-08-30 (08:40)
From: Sven <luther@d...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] standard regex package
On Mon, Aug 27, 2001 at 08:54:48AM -0700, Ian Zimmerman wrote:
> Sven> be able to turn all this stuff of in the case your
> Sven> OS/distribution/whatever already handles this would be nice too.
> Why?
> The Perl install routine works just fine alongside the Debian one.
> When I'm installing a Perl module from source, the dependencies it is
> looking for can come either from other modules I have installed the
> same way, or from Debian packages.  It doesn't care, and that's how it
> should be.

Well, but the debian packager of the perl stuff, altough i didn't looked at it
in detail, will have to do the stuff needed to disable those dependencies in
the build system, and implement the debian one instead. Same goes for rpms and

So what i, as a debian packager of various ocaml stuff, was asking, was to
also have an _easy_ way of disabling the builtin dependency stuff, and use the
OSes dependencies in place, and maybe a compatible dependencies format, in
order to just be able to copy it to the packages control file. 

That said, i don't know what kind of dependencies you are speaking about, if
it will be only between ocaml stuff, or also outside libraries needed by your
packages (like gtk+ for lablgtk/mlgtk for example), and if you want to
maintain versionned dependencies on these.

> Once again, the thing to remember is: the dependencies we're talking
> about in this thread are _for installation from sources_, when the
> modules hasn't yet been packaged in the native OS form.  The initial
> packaging is a special case of such source installation.

Well, but don't forget about apt-get source -b package_name, which, if your
apt is new enough will hapilly download the source package from the debian
repository as well as all the needed source dependencies, and rebuild the
package on your system. This, altough debian specific, is something akin to
what you want, isn't it ?


Sven Luther
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