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Old 01-18-2010, 07:31 PM   #1
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apt-get build-dep cannot find dependencies

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So I am trying to build a package from source in scratch box (for a debian based ARM distro) and I ran apt-get build-dep <package name> and it spits back the general E: Build-dependencies could not be satisfied. - is there an extra flag I could add the the apt-get command so it would show me which packages it cannot find so I can hunt them down by hand?

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how about apt-get -f install ?
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What are the build deps of the package? Eg
apt-cache showsrc packagename | grep ^Build-Depends
What do you have in your /etc/apt/sources.list file?

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May be have a look at the "source page"

> > The 'red dots' marked are the dependencies.

And the "Search" can be used to find any package
and its dependencies.

You may also find your package for arm on these pages.
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The first thing that comes to mind is, do you have the correct repos in your system? One always needs them to install what is needed.

There are some apps that can be readily installed from the default repos. Then there are others that need certain (non-free, multimedia) repos in your /etc/apt/sources.list to get.

Try searching for the appropriate repos to add to your /etc/apt/sources.list for your Debian branch. Then try installing the apps you want.

As far as source packages; some love them, I don't. If I can't apt-get install (whatever), I don't even mess with them. But that's my opinion. Grrr, I hate tarballs!


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