How to use build deps in my PPA even if they have a lower version than Ubuntu primary archive

Asked by Guiodic (Guido Iodice)

I need to use a build dep in my PPA even if it has a lower version than Ubuntu primary archive.
Is it possible? I tried to modify debian/control adding (<< version) but soyouz install the higher package then build fails.

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Max Bowsher (maxb) said :

No, it is not possible to do this.

Your options are:

1) Modify the binary package name of the dependency, and depend on that modified name.
(e.g. if foo 2.0 is in the primary archive, but I want to use foo version 1, I might build foo1_1.0-0myppa1_all.deb and depend on foo1)

2) Modify the version string of the dependency to actually be higher in comparison, even though it contains a lower version (either by using an epoch or a fake prefix like 2.0really1.0-0myppa1)

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