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[bug #61337] Modularity/dependence of basic software packages

From: Boud Roukema
Subject: [bug #61337] Modularity/dependence of basic software packages
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 19:50:42 -0400 (EDT)
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                 Summary: Modularity/dependence of basic software packages
                 Project: Maneage
            Submitted by: boud
            Submitted on: Tue 12 Oct 2021 11:50:40 PM UTC
                Category: None
                Severity: 3 - Normal
              Item Group: Enhancement
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any



This is a spinoff from . I
think that this should probably be a perennial bug, unless we find a
systematic way of solving it. It seems to me that we have always had this
problem generically. 

The problem is that if one of the '' software packages is removed, and
'./project configure --existing-conf' is run, quite often the build will fail
because the 'make' rules in '' do not completely reflect the true
dependences in our bootstrapping procedure. So the user either has to guess
what other packages to remove, or has to do a completely fresh install
(download/configure/compile/install = 'configure').

Tracing these bugs would probably require keeping the buggy installs frozen,
and debugging them could be quite heavy.

61026 has one example:

(1) removing coreutils and doing './project configure --existing-conf' with
coreutils-9.0 led to a 'libbsd' compile error, with some error lines listed at (Mon 04 Oct 2021 10:34:32 PM
UTC, comment #7).

There is an associated error (that looks familiar) with _mpfr_:

make[3]: Entering directory '/BUILD/software/build-tmp/mpfr-4.0.2/tests'
make[4]: Entering directory '/BUILD/software/build-tmp/mpfr-4.0.2/tests'
FAIL: tversion
PASS: tabort_prec_max
PASS: tassert
PASS: tabort_defalloc1
PASS: tabort_defalloc2


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