Installing a compiler by default

Scott Dier dieman at
Sat Jun 10 18:35:04 BST 2006

Cefiar wrote:
> On Friday 09 June 2006 02:44, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
>> I would like to propose that, beginning in Edgy, Ubuntu desktop systems
>> (both live and installed) should, by default, include the set of packages
>> necessary to compile simple C programs and Linux kernel modules.
> I think that if we do this, we need to provide some way of restricting access 
> to GCC. This removes most of the concern that people have, IMO.
> Ideas on this:
> Restrict it to all users in the group adm (or some other admin group) or give 
> it it's own group, by default. This allows easy additions (just add the user 
> to the group and they can compile), and means that anyone NOT in that group 

If such a plan is adopted it *must* be configurable at install time via 
debconf and preferably the option will disable and remove out of the 
path any such wrapper scripts, not just act as a way to shim over to gcc 
with some sgid script.

Scott Dier <dieman at>

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