Developer package selection
mdz at ubuntu.com
Tue Aug 5 12:50:36 BST 2008
On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 11:30:02AM +0100, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> Recently, a C programmer running Ubuntu asked me where to find the man pages
> for sections 2 and 3. I told them about manpages-dev, but it occurred to me
> that developers shouldn't be required to be familiar with our particular
> package breakdown in order to get a basic environment like this.
> There has been talk from time to time of providing developer-oriented
> metapackages, but there hasn't been much momentum behind it. I think the
> main reason is that build-essential is "good enough" for most everyone.
> If we accept that build-essential plays a dual role ("packages which are
> essential for building other packages" and "metapackage for development in C
> on Ubuntu"), then perhaps manpages-dev would be a good candidate for a
> Recommends of build-essential.
I got mostly positive feedback on this, with the exception of the
overloading of build-essential, so I've started working on a set of seeds.
A patch is attached which covers the following:
* C/C++ and multilingual development tools
* Python development
* GNOME development (this is the weakest of the three, needs help)
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