Re: Mapping dependencies between Gnome modules

Daniel M German wrote:
 Dave> Hi Daniel,

 Dave> Have a look at jhbuild,n which will give you this dependency
 Dave> information, as well as with "blessed" external dependencies.

 Dave> Cheers,
 Dave> Dave.

Check this paper:

It explains where the data is. available also here:

A GSofC student is improving the software I wrote to do this. It should
be available in few weeks. In the meantime run dpkg. It has an option to
create (what I call) the instance of the dependency graph for a given
installation (withouth what I call abstract dependencies).

 Dave> Daniel Dewey wrote:
 >> Hi guys! This list seems somewhat empty, but I'll give it a try anyway.
>> >> I'm doing a bit of research on Gnome and the first thing I need to do is >> to map the dependencies between the modules (as listed on >>, so that I end up with a directed graph >> where there is an edge from A to B if A's correct functioning depends on >> the correct functioning of B. >> >> So far, I have considered a few approaches to getting this information. >> Since many distros include Gnome in their package systems, there is some >> dependency information there, but I have yet to find a distro whose >> packages correspond to Gnome's list of modules. For this reason, I'd >> like to analyze Gnome's code directly by checking out modules one at a >> time and extracting their dependencies... somehow. This is the step I'm >> currently on, and it's sort of complex; dependency information needs to >> be extracted from source files and configuration files, mostly, which is >> difficult. >> >> Anyone have any other ideas? Am I missing some other approach? >> >> Thanks,
 >> ~Daniel
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>> >>

Dave> -- Dave> Dave Neary
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Thanks for the dpkg tip, but I have found that Debian packages and Gnome modules don't tend to correspond particularly closely to one another (there is often no Debian package for a Gnome module). That software sounds great for Debian dependencies though.

I was able to find the XML files JHBuild uses for Gnome's dependencies and that takes care of my needs for now:


ps- I also got an error (pdf was corrupted) on

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