[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Autoversion deps upon package creation in makepkg

Nagy Gabor ngaba at bibl.u-szeged.hu
Fri Dec 21 18:25:54 EST 2007

> On Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 11:53:00AM +0800, Darwin Bautista wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Attached is a patch to add "autoversion of dependencies" in
> > makepkg. I think the usage of the term "autoversion" is a little
> > vague but I can't of any other term. Anyway, autoversioning will
> > save package maintainers a lot of time in adding and bumping the
> > minimum required versions of a certain package's dependencies
> > directly in the PKGBUILD. Of course, this autoversioning can be
> > overridden by directly specifying the minimum/maximum (if
> > ever)/exact version of a dep. Autoversioning can be disabled by
> > using these opts: '-v' or '--nodepsver'.
> > 
> > I've seen quite a lot of packages (extra, community) which have
> > "out-dated" or wrong minimum versions of the deps. For instance,
> > I've seen a package (which I can't remember) of a KDE app built
> > against KDE 3.5.8 yet the specified minimum version is 3.5.7 (or
> > older?). This can help prevent bugs resulting from this seemingly
> > subtle issue.
> > 
> Hm I hoped someone would reply to this. I thought it might be
> interesting, but I don't really know.
> Could you please file this as a feature request on flyspray? A mail
> on the ML is likely to be forgotten rapidly, while a feature request
> would stay there.
Well, I will be unpopular again:

1. First of all, I think that our maintainers should set dependencies
by hand, because this autoversion stuff just guarantees that the
generated dependency is a satisfier, but it may be too strict (for
example currently it generates 'a52dec>=0.7.4-3' from a52dec and maybe
simple 'a52dec' or 'a52dec>=0.7' would be enough)

2. Provision dependencies?


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