[Soc-coordination] GSoC idea: aptitude package manager

Sam Lidder sam.lidder at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 17:58:46 UTC 2012

That would be great actually, since I'm not too sure which developers to
contact. Thanks.

Sam Lidder

On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 4:26 AM, Gergely Nagy <algernon at balabit.hu> wrote:
> 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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