[arch-dev-public] How the use of "provides" can damage the dependency tree

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 14:23:05 EDT 2009

On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 1:21 PM, Thomas Bächler<thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Pierre Schmitz schrieb:
>> What do we learn by this? The use of provides can be dangerous when the
>> providers have different deps. I wonder if we have more such problems.
> That's why namcap should use direct link-level dependencies using readelf
> and not rely on the fact that a dependency already provides the library in
> question.

Actually, this would probably help us in a lot of ways - it'd make
finding deps for rebuilds easier

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