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Old 03-18-2005, 02:25 AM   #1
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Question dependency madness with .deb files

their is a program checkinstall to make .deb file from file).Their is one problem : that deb file does not contain the packages that depends on so on the sistem that the deb was build it will work(because it compiled) but on another system it may not.
So i want to know if i have a executable file(instaled froma .deb file or even with "make install" from source) how do i find the packages that are needed for that executable to run?
Or how do debian maintainers know what packges to depend for their .deb ?
Old 03-18-2005, 06:39 AM   #2
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Search here for what package you want, then click on its name and you should get a page with all the dependencies.
Old 03-18-2005, 07:27 AM   #3
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I was not looking the a "known" package, i was speaking about an executable(not in debain reposotory).
But i found the answer on "maint-guide" package help:

strace -f -o /tmp/log ./configure
# or make instead of ./configure, if the package doesn't use autoconf
for x in `dpkg -S $(grep open /tmp/log|\
perl -pe 's!.* open\(\"([^\"]*).*!$1!' |\
grep "^/"| sort | uniq|\
grep -v "^\(/tmp\|/dev\|/proc\)" ) 2>/dev/null|\
cut -f1 -d":"| sort | uniq`; \
do \
echo -n "$x (>=" `dpkg -s $x|grep ^Version|cut -f2 -d":"` "), "; \


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