[Soc-coordination] GSoC idea: aptitude package manager

Gergely Nagy algernon at balabit.hu
Thu Mar 1 09:26:21 UTC 2012

Sam Lidder <sam.lidder at gmail.com> writes:

> I was curious as to whether any of the developers on the aptitude
> development team would be participating as mentors for GSoC 2012. The
> following are some ideas I thought could be implemented in the package
> manager as part of a project:
> 1. As of now, when build dependencies of a package are installed,
>    aptitude marks them as being manually installed. And since there is
>    no command to remove build dependencies, one has to do some extra
>    work to remove them. A solution to this would be to implement some
>    sort of '{remove,purge}-build-dep' command.
>    I believe this would be useful for anyone who likes to contribute
>    to/tinker with debian packages as it would allow them to easily
>    manage build-dependencies on their system. It would also make sense
>    to have it since a user would probably expect the ability to reverse
>    the build-dep operation to be built-in.

This is something that would be very nice to have, indeed. I would
suggest talking to the aptitude developers about this, to see if they're
interested in quickly designing a GSoC project around this (and possibly
other) feature.

If you wish, I can ask them on your behalf, and continue from there.


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