Developer package selection

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Mon Jul 14 10:00:14 BST 2008

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 01:51:18AM -0700, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 06:32:48PM +0300, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> > Overriding the meaning of build-essential seems quite confusing to me. A
> > c-development meta package is very easy to create. A C development task
> > seems easy, too.
> > 
> > However, this begs the question of the larger picture: there are all
> > sorts of reasonably popular things that could benefit from similar
> > treatmet: software development in various other languages, or web
> > application development using a LAMP stack come immediately to mind. Any
> > approach for C development would hopefully be possible to generalize to
> > the other fields.
> Definitely agreed.  Little niceties like this that would make Ubuntu
> more convenient for developers would help eliminate the "only for noobs"
> stigma.  I've often wished for a simple way to "install all -dev and -dbg
> packages related to X/GNOME/etc."

Sounds like something which could easily be added to apport-retrace.

 - mdz

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