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Ville Skyttä ville.skytta at
Tue Feb 1 21:01:41 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-02-01 at 09:58 +0100, Enrico Scholz wrote:

> I just said that BuildRequires: must not be determined by the header of
> the src.rpm package.

"Must not" is a bit strong expression, the correctness of the build deps
retrieved that way depends on what one wants to achieve.  The SRPM
header contains the build dependencies resolved one way or the another
at the time the SRPM was built, that's it.

Depending on the use case, that may or may not meet the requirements.
For the vast majority of packages (most do not do any
conditionals/scripting mentioned earlier in this thread) the SRPM header
info is "correct" in the same-as-in-the-specfile sense.

Granted, that's not enough for eg. build systems having certain
requirements.  But that doesn't make the data completely useless, one
just has to be aware of the limitations.

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