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FS#8989 - makedepends policy and 'base-devel' group

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Jens Adam (byte) - Friday, 21 December 2007, 00:48 GMT
Last edited by Greg (dolby) - Monday, 21 July 2008, 16:30 GMT
Task Type Support Request
Category Documentation
Status Closed
Assigned To Aaron Griffin (phrakture)
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version 2007.08-2
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 2
Private No



I've been preaching about base-devel (mainly on IRC) ever since I learned about it, but I'm holding back on editing several Wiki articles because I haven't seen an official word about it.
So, can we agree on making "base-devel" mandatory? Devs need to discuss this, and once it's been agreed upon, cross-post it to all relevant lists (aur-general in particular), update the wiki, post in and so on.

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Closed by  Greg (dolby)
Monday, 21 July 2008, 16:30 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Comment by Roman Kyrylych (Romashka) - Friday, 11 January 2008, 13:04 GMT
base-devel is assumed to be installed on user's machine if he wants to build packages (except icons/fonts/etc. packages).
IMO packages in base-devel should not be listed in makedepends (though, in fact, some of them are, some was even added as a "fix" for bug reports).
Comment by Aaron Griffin (phrakture) - Friday, 11 January 2008, 19:28 GMT
I don't think we need a hard-and-fast policy made here. Too much bureaucracy and all that.

That said, I'm fairly certain that base-devel was created with the intent of making it a "soft requirement" when building packages, so feel free to update the wiki pages.
Comment by Greg (dolby) - Monday, 21 July 2008, 16:30 GMT
IMO base-devel became quite common after some time. Its also mentioned in the Begginers Guide which is part of the ISO. Im closing this. :)