BUILD-RDEPS(1)                                                  BUILD-RDEPS(1)

       build-rdeps - find packages that depend on a specific package to build
       (reverse build depends)

       build-rdeps package

       build-rdeps searches for all packages that build-depend on the
       specified package.

       The default behaviour is to just `grep` for the given dependency in the
       Build-Depends field of apt's Sources files.

       If the package dose-extra >= 4.0 is installed, then a more complete
       reverse build dependency computation is carried out. In particular,
       with that package installed, build-rdeps will find transitive reverse
       dependencies, respect architecture and build profile restrictions, take
       Provides relationships, Conflicts, Pre-Depends, Build-Depends-Arch and
       versioned dependencies into account and correctly resolve multiarch
       relationships for crossbuild reverse dependency resolution.  (This
       tends to be a slow process due to the complexity of the package

       -u, --update
           Run apt-get update before searching for build-depends.

       -s, --sudo
           Use sudo when running apt-get update. Has no effect if -u is

           Select another distribution, which is searched for build-depends.

           Ignore contrib and non-free

           Ignore the given component (e.g. main, contrib, non-free).

           Restrict the search to only the specified origin (such as

       -m, --print-maintainer
           Print the value of the maintainer field for each package.

           Explicitly set the host architecture. The default is the value of
           `dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_ARCH`. This option only works if
           dose-extra >= 4.0 is installed.

           Force the old simple behaviour without dose-ceve support even if
           dose-extra >= 4.0 is installed.  (This tends to be faster.)

           Notice, that the old behaviour only finds direct dependencies,
           ignores virtual dependencies, does not find transitive dependencies
           and does not take version relationships, architecture restrictions,
           build profiles or multiarch relationships into account.

           Explicitly set the build architecture. The default is the value of
           `dpkg-architecture -qDEB_BUILD_ARCH`. This option only works if
           dose-extra >= 4.0 is installed.

           Don't print meta information (header, counter). Making it easier to
           use in scripts.

       -d, --debug
           Run the debug mode

           Show the usage information.

           Show the version information.

       The tool requires apt Sources files to be around for the checked
       components.  In the default case this means that in /var/lib/apt/lists
       files need to be around for main, contrib and non-free.

       In practice this means one needs to add one deb-src line for each
       component, e.g.

       deb-src http://<mirror>/debian <dist> main contrib non-free

       and run apt-get update afterwards or use the update option of this

       This code is copyright by Patrick Schoenfeld <>,
       all rights reserved.  This program comes with ABSOLUTELEY NO WARRANTY.
       You are free to redistribute this code under the terms of the GNU
       General Public License, version 2 or later.

       Patrick Schoenfeld <>

Debian Utilities                  2018-07-05                    BUILD-RDEPS(1)
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