buildinfo question

James Addison jay at
Wed Dec 14 15:37:58 UTC 2022

Ah, typical: while trying to figure out where functionality like this
could fit into Debian, I learned that it already exists there.

The 'dpkg-depcheck' and 'dpkg-genbuilddeps' utilities (both included
in the 'devscripts' package) provide this kind of functionality in

On Wed, 14 Dec 2022 at 00:38, James Addison <jay at> wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Dec 2022 at 18:15, Vagrant Cascadian
> <vagrant at> wrote:
> >
> > It would be interesting to do something more systematic like your
> > suggestion, though I'm not aware of anything at the moment.
> Thanks Vagrant, that's good to know (it matches my understanding too,
> from searching around).
> Roughly speaking, the reason I ask is to see whether it'd be possible
> to reduce migration and maintenance burden (in terms of maintainer
> time, primarily, although perhaps arguably also compute resources) by
> providing information about no-longer-required build dependencies.
> I'll spend some time at the metaphorical drawing board to see whether
> something like this could make sense and how to integrate in a
> non-disruptive way if so.
> James

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