[arch-general] depends vs. makedepends (was: Re: http://bugs.archlinux.org/task/14873)

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Sat May 30 06:15:17 EDT 2009

Allan McRae wrote:
> Magnus Therning wrote:
>> Allan McRae wrote:
>> [..]
>>> As a general rule, you never should use $startdir in a PKGBUILD.
>> Is that written down somewhere?  It'd be nice to have a place to refer 
>> to when arguing some changes to PKGBUILDs.
>     startdir was most often used in combination with /src or
>     /pkg postfixes, but use of the srcdir and pkgdir variables is
>     preferred.
> The wording has been made even stronger about not using $startdir for 
> the next pacman release.

Ah, excellent, I wasn't aware of the existence of that man-page.

Another thing that I've been wondering about is the relationship between 
'depends' and 'makedepends'.  The description in the man-page is fairly clear, 
but just to check I'm wondering if it's correct to say that

1. a dependency should _never_ be mentioned in both 'depends' and 'makedepends'?

2. the packages required to build a package is the union of 'depends' and 


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