Developer package selection

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
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.
> Thoughts?

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)

Feedback welcome.

 - mdz
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