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Subject[PATCH v2] scripts: builddeb: allow customization of "Depends:" fields
The debian packages coming out of "make *deb-pkg" lack the "Depends:"
field. If one tries to install a fresh system with such a "linux-image"
debootstrap or multistrap might try to install the kernel before its
deps and the package hooks will fail.

Different debian-based distros use different values for the missing
fields. And the values differ between distro versions as well. So
hardcoding is not possible.

This patch introduces an option variable for every debian package built
by builddeb. That allows advanced users to specify additional
dependencies for all packages. All the new variables are optional.

Signed-off-by: Henning Schild <>
scripts/package/builddeb | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/scripts/package/builddeb b/scripts/package/builddeb
index b4f0f2b3f8d2..079bd4c4aea9 100755
--- a/scripts/package/builddeb
+++ b/scripts/package/builddeb
@@ -288,6 +288,7 @@ if [ "$ARCH" = "um" ]; then

Package: $packagename
Architecture: any
Description: User Mode Linux kernel, version $version
User-mode Linux is a port of the Linux kernel to its own system call
interface. It provides a kind of virtual machine, which runs Linux
@@ -304,6 +305,7 @@ else

Package: $packagename
Architecture: any
Description: Linux kernel, version $version
This package contains the Linux kernel, modules and corresponding other
files, version: $version.
@@ -335,6 +337,7 @@ cat <<EOF >> debian/control

Package: $kernel_headers_packagename
Architecture: any
Description: Linux kernel headers for $KERNELRELEASE on \${kernel:debarch}
This package provides kernel header files for $KERNELRELEASE on \${kernel:debarch}
@@ -347,6 +350,7 @@ Package: $libc_headers_packagename
Section: devel
Provides: linux-kernel-headers
Architecture: any
Description: Linux support headers for userspace development
This package provides userspaces headers from the Linux kernel. These headers
are used by the installed headers for GNU glibc and other system libraries.
@@ -375,6 +379,7 @@ if [ -n "$BUILD_DEBUG" ] ; then

Package: $dbg_packagename
Section: debug
Architecture: any
Description: Linux kernel debugging symbols for $version
This package will come in handy if you need to debug the kernel. It provides
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