4 Dependency hell is NP-complete

research.swtch.com posted by kenny 2027 days ago  

The package version selection problem is to find a set of dependencies that can be used to build a top-level package P that is complete (all dependencies satisfied) and compatible (no two incompatible packages are selected). There may be no such set, because of the diamond dependency problem: perhaps A needs B and C; B needs D version 1, not 2; and C needs D version 2, not 1. In this case, assuming it’s not possible to choose both versions of D, there is no way to build A.

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