.\" which-pkg-broke.1 - find which package might have broken the build
.\" of another package.
.\" Copyright (C) 2006 Javier Fernandez-Sanguino
.\" Copyright (C) 2016 Axel Beckert
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.TH which\-pkg\-broke\-build 1 "December 11 2016" "debian\-goodies" "debian\-goodies"
which\-pkg\-broke\-build \- find which package might have broken another package's build
program will retrieve a list of all (recursive) build-dependencies of
the named package sorted by the time they were installed on the system
(as determined from the mtime information of
This tool allows a package developer to obtain information that might
correlate installation of package build-dependencies with a package
build breakage in order to find which build-dependency update might be
responsible for the breakage.
If there's a parameter and it's an existing directory,
assumes that this is an unpacked Debian source package and looks for
If there's a parameter and it's not an existing directory,
assumes that it's a source package name and looks for that source
If there's no parameter,
assumes that the current directory contains an unpacked Debian source
package and looks for its build-dependencies.
is horribly slow and inefficient as it calls
once for each explicit build-dependency (and once for the package
build-essential). It hence checks packages which are dependencies of
multiple explicit build-dependencies also multiple times.
.SH SEE ALSO
was written by Axel Beckert <email@example.com>