Subject: Re: 'make build' without building install-time depends
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: Frank Cusack <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/24/2002 20:02:32
On Tue, Dec 24, 2002 at 07:34:37PM -0800, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Dec 2002, Frank Cusack wrote:
> > I'm working on a local package which has
> >
> > DEPENDS+=	something-else
> >
> > That something-else is not a build-time dependency, and it takes VERY
> > long to build.  Is there a way I can have make not build this dependency?
> >
> > It seems DEPENDS implies BUILD_DEPENDS.  How hard would it be to add a
> > PACKAGE_DEPENDS or similar?  (I'd rather see DEPENDS implied meaning
> > change, but that seems like too drastic of a change.)
> Is it really a run-time dependency?
> Tell us more. Because I don't understand why to use a DEPENDS if it is not
> a dependency.

It is a dependency, but not at build time.

Consider gettext and gettext-lib.  gettext doesn't actually require
gettext-lib to be installed, the reason it's there is to split out the
libs so that some app can have only the -lib installed.

gettext has a RUNTIME depon gettext-lib, but not a buildtime dep.