[Numpy-discussion] numpy docs dependency problem in Ubuntu

Pauli Virtanen pav at iki.fi
Fri Feb 11 12:50:49 EST 2011

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:34:16 -0600, Bruce Southey wrote:
> I agree with Pauli, if Ubuntu wants the user to be able build the
> documentation then Ubuntu would have to create a special package with
> just the numpy documentation that includes the necessary dependencies
> (including numpy, matlibplot and sphinx).

The point is that the Ubuntu build servers cannot build the 
documentation, because matplotlib is not available at build time. (First, 
because matplotlib depends circularly on Numpy, and second, since by 
policy Numpy build cannot depend on matplotlib as Numpy is in "main" and 
matplotlib in "universe".)

I don't see other solutions apart from creating a separate source package 
from the contents of numpy/doc/*. However, I don't see very many reasons 
why we (as the Numpy upstream) should make this split, and why the 
Debian/Ubuntu packagers could not do it.

Pauli Virtanen

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