Bug#521918: pbuilder --build --binary-arch invokes 'build' target

Julien Cristau jcristau at debian.org
Tue May 5 17:13:23 UTC 2009

On Tue, May  5, 2009 at 19:01:41 +0200, Petr Pudlak wrote:

> Hi, I was trying to attend a reported bug (#521918) of a recently uploaded
> package 'eprover', but unfortunately I didn't know what to do about it. I've
> already asked on debian-mentors, but nobody replied.
> The problem is that if pbuilder is invoked with --binary-arch, it still tries
> to build the whole project, including the documentation (indep). But the tools
> required to build the documentation are missing, since they are specified in
> Build-Depends-Indep:, not in Build-Depends:. It looks to me as if the problem
> is with pbuilder (or with the tools it's invoking), but of course the problem
> might as well be my ignorance.
> The only solution I thought of so far was to put the tools for building the
> documentation into Build-Depends:, but this seems to me (at least) as improper.
> Could anyone help me, either by advising how to properly solve the problem, or
> by pointing out what I'm doing wrong?
arch-specific builds run 'debian/rules build && $rootcmd debian/rules
binary-arch' (where rootcmd is fakeroot or sudo).  They can't do
anything else, because the build-arch target is (still) not required.
Whatever's needed for this needs to be in Build-Depends.  Basically the
only place you're allowed to use the Build-Depends-Indep stuff is the
binary-indep target.  There's a long-standing bug on debian-policy about
this, IIRC.


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