[pkg-go] Usage of Built-Using for dev packages

Michael Stapelberg stapelberg at debian.org
Fri Sep 11 18:36:23 UTC 2015

I agree that setting Built-Using on the -dev packages does not make
sense as long as they don’t contain binaries. golang-gogoprotobuf-dev
is an example where the -dev package does contain binaries.

As the vast majority of -dev packages does not actually contain
binaries, I’m happy to accept a pull request for dh-make-golang which
only adds Built-Using to programs (vs. libraries).

On Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 11:09 PM, Alexandre Viau
<alexandre at alexandreviau.net> wrote:
> Hello team,
> During my NM process, I was asked to justify the use of Built-Using on
> golang dev packages.
> In the past, I was asked to add it to my golang dev packages by a
> sponsor from the team.
> I don't think that the intent of the Built-Using field described in the
> Debian policy fits with this kind of use. It says that "the source
> packages of those other packages are a required part of the complete
> source".  This is not the case for source code packages.
> However, I can see that it can be useful for archiving purposes. Its
> easier to see in what condition the package was built.
> If we choose that the Built-Using field does not make sense for source
> packages, we should reflect this in dh-make-golang.
> see:
> https://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-relationships.html#s-built-using
> Have I missed anything? thoughts?
> Thanks,
> --
> Alexandre Viau
> alexandre at alexandreviau.net
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