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How do do I inspect compile-time dependencies for packages?

You want a "visual" output of the dependency tree for a particular package?

 bitbake --dry-run --verbose $packagename | grep "current path" | less

should give you that information. Another way is the more recent

 bitbake -g $packagename && less *.dot

If you have graphviz installed, you can convert the .dot file to PostScript (.ps).

 dot -Tps  -o

And then we can open the .ps file with gimp or evince, send it to the printer or whatever you usually do with these files.

Be careful that a complex package such as mplayer gives .dot and .ps files that will require too much RAM, so they can't actually be opened