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authorThomas Petazzoni <>2011-11-13 08:54:45 (GMT)
committer Peter Korsgaard <>2011-11-13 20:28:50 (GMT)
commitd0afbdad6b5a5b0fe7b0665cc0d9a337f0ace412 (patch)
parentd031a031bdfbccec41a5d7c4c566765b4bb4b6a5 (diff)
doc: more details about expressing dependencies in
[Peter: Minor tweak] Signed-off-by: Thomas Petazzoni <> Signed-off-by: Peter Korsgaard <>
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diff --git a/docs/manual/adding-packages-directory.txt b/docs/manual/adding-packages-directory.txt
index 2e8786a..58f0262 100644
--- a/docs/manual/adding-packages-directory.txt
+++ b/docs/manual/adding-packages-directory.txt
@@ -46,6 +46,51 @@ supposed to contain anything but the 'bare' name of the package.
source "package/libfoo/"
+The file of your package must also ensure that
+dependencies are enabled. Typically, Buildroot uses the following
+* Use a +select+ type of dependency for dependencies on
+ libraries. These dependencies are generally not obvious and it
+ therefore make sense to have the kconfig system ensure that the
+ dependencies are selected. For example, the _libgtk2_ package uses
+ +select BR2_PACKAGE_LIBGLIB2+ to make sure this library is also
+ enabled.
+* Use a +depends on+ type of dependency when the user really needs to
+ be aware of the dependency. Typically, Buildroot uses this type of
+ dependency for dependencies on toolchain options (large file
+ support, RPC support, IPV6 support), or for dependencies on "big"
+ things, such as the system. In some cases, especially
+ dependency on toolchain options, it is recommended to add a
+ +comment+ displayed when the option is not enabled, so that the user
+ knows why the package is not available.
+An example illustrates both the usage of +select+ and +depends on+.
+ bool "acl"
+ depends on BR2_LARGEFILE
+ help
+ POSIX Access Control Lists, which are used to define more
+ fine-grained discretionary access rights for files and
+ directories.
+ This package also provides libacl.
+comment "acl requires a toolchain with LARGEFILE support"
+ depends on !BR2_LARGEFILE
+Note that such dependencies will make sure that the dependency option
+is also enabled, but not necessarily built before your package. To do
+so, the dependency also needs to be expressed in the file of the
The file