Can I use one package source to build other package?

Asked by Tomasz Makarewicz

The thing is, that I want to build package (libcef), which require two sources to build - Chromium and CEF. I would like to upload to the PPA only the source of CEF and use source of Chromium which is already present in the repository of Ubuntu.

Can I achieve this by current build system or do I need to upload one source package containing both Chromium and CEF to build libcef?

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Steve Kowalik (stevenk) said :

This isn't really a Launchpad-specific question, it's more related to Debian packaging and such, but however, the answer is yes, but there's a rather large caveat and it usually ends up being awkward and fragile. You can Build-Depends on chromium, but that gives you the binary package and not the source -- the usual workaround is to change chromium to also build a chromium-source binary package that you can Build-Depend on, and then utilize that.

Having said all that, it is far easier to upload one source package containing both CEF and chromium to build the resulting package.

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