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Re: [alpine-devel] abuild does not handle tags for makedepends

From: William Pitcock <>
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:06:24 -0600


On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 7:58 AM, Ferris Ellis <> wrote:
> Hello,
> This is my first post to this group! So I apologize in advance if there's a
> format I should be following and am not.
> I seem to have found a bug in abuild and went to file it but saw that
> Github's clone of abuild currently has issues disabled. Thus I thought I'd
> post it here. If there's somewhere else this should be filed please let me
> know and I'm happy to do it :)
> Issue
> I am running Alpine 3.7 and working on packaging buildah
> ( for it. I added "go" to
> makedepends with the line makedepends="go_at_community=1.9.2-r1" however when I
> attempt to build the package I get the following error:
> ERROR: unsatisfiable constraints:
> go-1.9.2-r1:
> masked in: _at_community
> This seems to indicate that abuild isn't grabbing the tag. I thought maybe I
> had formatted it wrong but when moving the tag to the end I get back the
> following:
> ERROR: 'go=1.9.2-r1_at_community' is not a valid dependency, format is
> name(_at_tag)([<>~=]version)

That message is actually from apk-tools, not abuild, and in this
particular case is misleading. What abuild does is attach a
dependency set to a virtual package and then marks that virtual
package as a "world dependency".

Package dependencies themselves do not support tags, only "world
dependencies," but if you add just "go" to makedepends I believe it
will fall back to the _at_community repo.

In general though, community is not meant to be masked, the point of
using tags is to mask repos across versions, such as running a split
stable-edge setup, or ensuring that adding packages from the "testing"
repo requires explicit confirmation. Either way, community should
normally be set up in the same way as main.


Received on Sat Feb 10 2018 - 08:06:24 UTC