Dependency discovery

Donnie Berkholz dberkholz at
Fri Apr 1 13:11:30 PDT 2011

Do any of you have useful software that scans source code to determine 
its dependencies? We're considering a Google Summer of Code project that 
would include this as one aspect of a semi-automated package generator, 
but I'd hate to see us duplicating effort.

The basic idea I had in mind is a set of plugins, one per language, with 
a sufficient understanding of that language's syntax to determine the 
external files a given piece of code depends on. We'd then couple that 
with a tool like distromatch to figure out which packages the files came 


Donnie Berkholz
Sr. Developer, Gentoo Linux
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